READER REPORT:

'I'm tired of anonymous, gutless posters'

DEREK SEYMOUR
Last updated 05:00 12/02/2013
LIFE ONLINE: Is there any need to be anonymous?

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YouTube have recently encouraged members to use their real names instead of a fictitious one, and I have decided to use mine.

Everything I comment on, like, share or post about, is linked to my true name.

Why? I'm tired of anonymous, gutless posters who are afraid to own their opinions but find it quite alright to spew their worthless venom and drivel whenever they feel like it.

There is only one reason for using a pseudonym, you're not willing to stand up for your own beliefs. If you're hiding, you're suspect in my book, how can I tell if you really believe what you're saying?

In a small country like New Zealand, where gossip and tattle-tale in the small provinces are everyday currency, most people know what you do and say anyway.

Of course, there are downsides to using your real name online. In these economically competitive times where jobs are few and competition is fierce, human resource drones shamelessly trawl the internet looking at users' Facebook and YouTube accounts, and anything else they can get their hands on, in a futile attempt to predict future work-place performance.

Generally, what I think about has no bearing on whether or not I can perform sufficiently in my chosen line of work, and my Facebook account is my business, not their's.

Even so, what if there is a risk that people will take offense to your comments? Would you want to work for these idiots anyway?

If absolutely nothing you believe or cherish is offensive, you're clearly doing something wrong: You've become a bland nonentity, and are probably easily led and controlled.

And if an anonymous person does take offense? Sod them. We're not yet quite living in an Orwellian dystopia, and before we are, I think it's important to start speaking truth to power.

If somebody doesn't like my opinions, they know where to find me. We can discuss it like adults, and I'm open to having any of my beliefs questioned and changed by superior arguments. Not only that, I want my beliefs and opinions to be challenged. I know I'm right 99 per cent of the time, but there's still some room for improvement!

Apart from the threat of upsetting future employers, I can't think of any other reason not to use your real name. Maybe I'm missing something.


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