Anonymous: What’s Wrong With the World Today

(No, I am not talking about the group “Anonymous.” I figure it’s worth clarifying to keep a hit off my blog.)

The internet was intended to help us to reach out to each other, to be able to access information quickly and effectively, to connect the dots between all corners of the globe. Sounds peachy, right? Seems like humanity would leap at the opportunity to hear and love one another no matter where they are, right?

Wrong.

I won’t say that no one uses it for the aforementioned reasons; in fact, many of us do. However, there is a certain amount of anonymity that allows us to be, for lack of better phrasing, complete and utter shitheads to each other with little to no recourse. For whatever reason, people seem to think that if they cannot be identified, they can say what they want, and the worst that happens is they ruin someone’s day—or self esteem, hope, faith, love, perspective, etc, etc, etc. That’s what pains me. We have enough religious, political, anti-religious, sexist, and racist propaganda running rampant in the world today without people using their right to remain anonymous as a weapon. Centuries ago, anonymous writers, and those who assumed a covert pen name, did so to protect their opinion and identity. Women used men’s names to conceal their identities to avoid being judged for their sex and give their writing a fair shot in a market deemed inappropriate for them. People have submitted anonymous texts from essays to stories and poetry to put their views out for the general public without having to worry about who may find out they have this specific belief or thought.

These people were not “trolling” each other.

With everything going mad in society today, that’s the last thing we should be doing to each other. Knowing that your IP address is being logged no matter where you are, that you can be tracked down by any decent hacker or person with a Computer Science degree, shouldn’t you be using your power as an anonymous writer to do more than tear someone else down? Knowing that there are much bigger problems in the world, why on earth would you use that power for anything less than the greater good?

We don’t think about these things because we’re a one-track-minded society. “I’m going to get mine,” we say. “I’m going to get my propaganda out there, sell out to a bigger machine, and hide behind its stature because I have to look out for me, and I don’t care who I take down in the process.” This isn’t even human. It’s primal, it’s instinctive, yes…but whose purpose are you serving when you bash someone for having an opinion or a feeling that you may or may not care about? No one’s. You are serving no purpose and no person by acting in this manner. You are a detriment to society, a detriment to brotherhood, and you are hindering the spread of love and positive energy.

I’m not sure where this generation went to hell in a hand basket, but the fix has a fairly simple start: “If you don’t have anything nice to say; don’t say anything at all.” I’m fairly certain your mother told you that a few times when you were growing up; I know mine did. There’s a big lack of love and respect among people as a whole. It’s unfair, and it’s our fault. The only people who can fix it aren’t sitting in political office; they’re people like me, like you, your best friend, mother, neighbor, etc. We have got to take it back before the naysayers and “trolls” take it from us. They’ve already got a head start; how long will we wait? How much bullying will it take?


Kortney Marie

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. billweaver20
    Oct 26, 2013 @ 14:54:46

    My mother DID say “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” all the time. It was attributed to Thumper, the rabbit in Bambi. She didn’t always live by that, but it was good advice. It’s funny that people think they are anonymous on the internet even as our president is in hot water with Angela Merkel about our unauthorized spying, and all that has been leaked about the extent to which we are all monitored. Not only is the internet not anonymous, even our daily lives can be monitored without too much trouble. But as long as we send emails, post things on various social sites, and generally behave as if we were truly unobserved and unobservable, anybody who is interested in those things has them served up on a silver platter.

    Nice blog BTW.

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