Cowardice or Valuable Internet Anonymity?
Insulting or vitriolic comments made in response to a provocative blog post in the legal academy are often made anonymously. Why is that? These comments are not whistleblowing comments or comments of the sort that should require anonymity. It seems to me that the only reason to avoid signing one’s name to an insulting comment is cowardice.
Particularly when commenting on a blog in the legal academy, where presumably people are acting in good faith, it is curious not to sign one’s real name to a negative or critical post. If one has the courage to make a negative comment, surely one should have the courage to sign one’s own name to it.
Some blogs have a policy whereby comments not signed will be deleted. I have never used that policy on Truthonthemarket.com. But I will admit that I am always perplexed when faced with an insulting comment that is not signed by someone with a verifiable name. Why make the comment without actually owning it?