Comment 59777

By Julie Twyford (anonymous) | Posted February 14, 2011 at 21:06:49

There is risk involved in anything of value - starting your own business, starting a family, stating an opinion publicly. That doesn't mean it isn't worth doing. In many ways, I think the internet has moved us backwards a little. We don't post under our real names, God forbid, because !!! ummmmm, why exactly? Is it to avoid spammers? To get away with saying outrageous things?

I owned and edited a newspaper many, many years ago, pre-internet basically, and got used to seeing my name, but I was a little rattled seeing it in public here the other day. I felt exposed. I hadn't done anything wrong, yet I felt self-conscious. But at one point, people stated opinions publicly. They stepped out from anonymity to comment on the world in letters to editors.

I think it's time for us to remind ourselves that being an adult is risky business. And I'm beginning to think that posting any comments under a pseudonym is cowardly. Just beginning, mind you. But it's an idea that's taking hold.

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