April 6, 2004

Anonymity & Blogs

On the SHU blogosphere, I have been noticing more and more aliases, such as Michael and ME. Though some names, such as Kiz and Miz are really nice, these "other" names do not permit the reader to know who is speaking. And the blogger feels like they are censoring their material when they delete those comments.

Perhaps some have noticed that I have taken down the comments-without-valid-e-mail-addresses-will-be-deleted message at the top of my page; that has not changed--I will do that: I just thought it cluttered up my homepage. Though I haven't had a problem recently with this, the NMJ site has.

Though Dr. Jerz cannot trace these comments, maybe they should be deleted; perhaps this action would send the message that a valid name is as important as the comment itself. At the beginning of all the semesters, bloggers are urged to use their own name, or explain an alias; however, this rule has been relaxed this semester.

Aliases are fun little ways for friends to communicate (and that is okay as long as an explanation is there); however, they can also be a way to hide one's identity--an abuse of blogging. The entire idea of a weblog is to get your ideas out there--accountability for those views. I hope to see more of that in the future.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 6, 2004 10:51 AM

I agree.

Posted by: BAM SE at April 6, 2004 12:08 PM

Oh yeah, and another thing you ought to add to this post of annoyances is when people use webaddresses like google.com and whatnot as their URL, which overrides the email address when linking to their "alias" under their comment.

How childish.

Posted by: Kiz at April 6, 2004 12:29 PM

While I can see that BAM SE and Kiz have linked their names to their blogs, which contain their real names, a casual visitor to the blog might not notice that, and might believe that aliases and nicknames are commonly used and accepted here. Just an observation.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 6, 2004 7:35 PM

Yeah, but they do use real identities--aliases are okay as long as a link to a real e-mail account or personal site is valid.

Posted by: Amanda at April 6, 2004 7:38 PM


Hey, check out the NMJ site... I posted more responses. It's unforturnate that I do not have the time (at least right now) to be able to check back daily.

I'm really getting into this. :) Chill out and everything will be OK! Remember-your average work is "A" material!


Posted by: Amy Brown at April 6, 2004 11:14 PM

I know--I read your response on Puff's site--he is a great writer--I highly recommend him. I am so happy you are taking interest in the blogs. If you are in contact with any other alumnae--ask them to pop over.

And yes, though I am freaking out over things, I have taken control by making up a daily schedule of work for each day over the break--I am scheduling in fun time too. I just don't want to get to Tuesday and realize that I spent the entire vacation watching movies (a tempting thought). I'll see how it goes.

And just for the record, "chill out" isn't even in my vocab.

Posted by: Amanda at April 7, 2004 1:14 AM

It's not in mine, either, Amanda--but we know how far that's gotten me, now don't we?

Take the time: chill out, sweetie. (She's an alum--I'm pretty sure she'd know what's she's talking about, don't you?)

Posted by: Karissa at April 7, 2004 8:26 AM

And I am. I am taking a dress shopping trip--for her wedding--this morning. Yay! Ruffles, lace, and taffeta in the morning. Pencils, computers, and peer-reviewed in the evening--I am fine.

Posted by: Amanda at April 7, 2004 9:06 AM


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