|Anonymity and the Net (standard:non fiction, 298 words)|
|Author: denis holzhauser||Added: Aug 09 2001||Views/Reads: 1747/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|An opinion piece|
Before the yin,yined or the yang,yanged,Robert Louis Stephenson wrote a classic on the duplicitous nature of man."Dr.Jeckle and Mr.Hyde" is the timeless tale of good and evil in ourselves,evident everytime you or I return to our obsession,the internet.My needing to be out of step is apparent immediately.I do the unthinkable,I use my name on the net.Conclusions,mostly unflattering,are and have been drawn from this heresy.Warnings of unspecified damagings to me,invasions of my privacy,and even one or two angry sarcasms rained down on me,anonymously,of course,but I still continue to swim against the tide. Now,let me state here,early,that I do not do it for any need to be out of step with my fellow man.If I have to guess at why I am reluctant to use a pseudonym,I would think it was that I have never been sure of who I was or am now.Adding another persona to my confused life would,perhaps,do me more damage than the ghostly villains some seem to think infest the net.Various names did,at first,come to mind.I think my first choice would have been,"Big Dick",seemingly in step with my attraction for fiction.Others that I seriously considered went by the wayside,as I,finally,came down to one in particular.I was going to be "Bill Gates", on the web.It had a ring of charm,warmth,eagerness to please,in truth,it was a name that engendered every thing I am not.Also,perhaps,The Real Mr. Gates,(emphasis mine),might have been flattered and put me on his payroll as a million dollar a year idea man. Reality entered,unannounced,and I felt that the real Mr.Gates might just sue my ass off,so,cowardly,I reached a decision.I shall remain with my own name,it is practically brand new,having,at my advanced age,brought no great or small honors to it.Hopefully,it may have a few more good years left in it.Then it can be retired with me,forever. Tweet
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