Monday, July 11, 2011

Living example

Here's what I'm talking about; I came across it last night.

The subject? Whether a clever Honda ad did or did not run during the Super Bowl.

my bad what i meant to say was it did show on air but only once during the super bowl and go fuck your self thats why you are rated thumbs down bitch. its ok now you can cry. and if you reply this you prove that your the most dummest fucker in the world because...1.u have wasted 10secs of your life.2.reread it again cause you dont under stand that u wasted 10 sec of your life and 3. cause i am only jokeing

So, my question: Would 'dimejitunji' have written this kind of response to someone he'd never met if he'd had to sign his name? If he'd had to OwnUpDude?

And would the world be a little bit brighter if he'd written something more civilized?


Sunday, July 10, 2011

As usual, Seth Godin

sums it up most succinctly.

Here's the way crims put it, also succinct:

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

They both mean the same —Own Up, Dude.

Put your name on it

From one of the clearest thinkers I know, Seth Godin of Seth's Blog:

Is there a simpler way to improve quality and responsiveness?
If you can't sign it, don't ship it.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Am I an exception?

This just in from Allen of New Zealand. He gave me hi full name and, as you'll see, his reason for wanting anonymity... Whatcha' think?

As one who regularly comments on blogs etc in my private life, but who must be perceived as neutral in my professional life, I generally use a pseudonym to make my comments.  I would not be able to make such contributions if I was forced to disclose my true identity.    Would Jules have me silenced?

However, anonymity must never be used as a shield to enable abuse, and irrespective of my pseudonym or my true name I would expect to be curtailed if I exercised such abuse.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Koha. Merci. Thanks.

Koha. Merci. Thanks.

First and foremost to Jim Mora and his Radio New Zealand off-siders David Allen and Susan Baldacci.
Then to those who helped shape this document: Effin Older, Amber older, Bob Bone, Dave Fonda, Roger Hall, Durant Imboden and John Raeburn.

FIQ (Frequently Imagined Questions)

Yeah but can't somebody just say they're somebody else? How would you know?
There are ways of knowing. Some blogs or sites require users to either:

- register with an e-mail address and confirm the registration by
clicking on a link in a confirmation e-mail, or

- use a "universal ID", a Google account, a Facebook account, etc. to
post if they haven't registered on the site.

Neither method is perfect, but at least it discourages virtual drive-by
shootings, because it makes it difficult for abusers to make up
identities on the fly.

Yeah but what about hackers and people who live to get around rules?
Don’t worry about them. Once the tide changes, having a few rather than a multitude will be a blessing.

Yeah but what about those preachers of hate on rightwing radio? They don’t hide — they're proud to set a hateful example.
This isn't about opinions; it’s about opinionating while hiding. And it isn't about radio; only the Web.

Yeah but I'm just a solitary soul. What can I possibly do that will impact anything?
Right off the bat, two things: 1. “Sorry, but I don’t respond to anonymous bloviators. Own up dude, then we’ll talk.” 2. “I'm XX YY, and I approved this message.”

Yeah but won't outlawing anonymity cut way down on the number of people who respond to articles on the Web?
I certainly hope so.

Yeah but what about when anonymity really is important? Like overthrowing a tyrannical regime?
That’s one time it should be allowed. Also: genuine whistleblowers, endangered spouses, political refugees.

Yeah but what about a Quote of the Week?
“The cruel irony in all this is that while hate speech is becoming more and more the norm, normal speech is becoming increasingly vilified.” David Fonda, Quebec

Yeah but what about dogs?

OwnUpDude — Vanquishing the Tyranny of Anonymity

Fourth of July, 2011

Let’s start a movement…
In fact, let us, here and now, start to conquer the scourge of the Digital Age.
There are many scourges: war, famine, preventable disease.
But these are scourges from the mists of antiquity. We should have dealt with them long ago — we just didn’t.
The scourge of the Digital Age is the tyranny of anonymity. Angry, bitter, bigoted voices, hiding under the cloak of anonymity, dominate discourse on the Web.
What begins as intelligent discussion — on almost any subject — quickly deteriorates into insane raves followed by fruitless attempts at rebuttal.
Here we have the most advanced form of communication the world has ever known, and almost every commentary provokes twisted responses from disguised discussants.
No shortage. Let’s start with Erasing Hillary. Back in May, a now-famous photo showed the White House team as they tracked the killing of Osama bin Laden. Then, a hyper-Orthodox Jewish newspaper doctored the photo to eliminate Hillary Clinton and the other woman in the room. Showing women in a room with men was against their religion.
Nice story on extreme religious belief in the 21st century. But when the San Francisco Chronicle ran the story on its website, almost instantly, anonymous responders started attacking Jews, women, Hillary, just about everything. Most of these rabid postings were eventually removed, but if they'd had to say who they were in the first place — to OwnUpDude — 95% wouldn’t have been posted in the first place.
Here's another. There’s a YouTube video about the northern California restaurant, The French Laundry, narrated on-camera by its creator, Thomas Keller. Keller, who’s one of the world’s most inspired chefs, looks thin. Here's the response from tokugawa14
what happened to this guy? why does he look so old and frail in this video?? does he have cancer? hope he dies from it.
“hope he dies from it.” Do you think “tokugawa14” would have typed this poisonous phrase if he’d had to sign his name to it… if he'd had to OwnUpDude?
And even worse, here's a threat of murder. It’s an anonymous response to a YouTube video about a protest strike on the Caribbean isle of Anguilla. That brought on this response from ‘anguillalaw:
You piece of shit niggers.
I'm tracking your black asses down and capping you one by one

These anonymous haters are like the Ku Klux Klan; they scare innocents while they hide beneath hoods.
A person can pretend to be an army. A man can pretend to be a woman. A coward can — and often does — pretend to be a hero. They can spew the most vicious, hate-filled garbage and never be held accountable.
Not only they can, they do. Hate speech has become the norm on the Web.
It’s my contention that it would stop being the norm about 20 minutes after we stopped allowing the haters to hide behind anonymity.
I want to do something more than wring my hands about it. I want to start an anti-anonymity campaign. I want it to begin right here in New Zealand. On Radio New Zealand. On the Jim Mora Show. And I want it to start right now.
I also want listeners to participate, to contribute their ideas as well as their concerns. To come up with solutions of their own.
I've come up a name for the movement. I even bought the domain name. From this point on and forevermore, we shall be known as OwnUpDude.
I have some solutions to the problem as well.
First, never comment on the Web without signing your name.
Second, never respond to anonymous comments except to say, “Sorry, but I don’t respond to anonymous comments. OwnUpDude, and I’ll be glad to talk to you.”
Third, if you run a blog or website, start your new policy today: “From now on, no more anonymous comments here. OwnUpDude and stand behind your words.”
If you don’t run a blog or website but contribute to them, suggest to the webmaster that she do the same.
But whatever you do, let’s start the movement right here, right now.
Let the change begin.
I'm Jules Older, and I approve this message.