If all online interactions and Web browsing had to be under your real name and would be recorded and archived, how would it alter your use of the Internet and the way you communicate with people?
Uh… isn’t that basically how things work now anyway? I mean… I wasn’t 100% paying attention to everything that was covered in The Social Dilemma, but I’m pretty sure someone from Google pretty much confirmed that they’re keeping tabs on everything.
I guess what this question is really getting at is, what if you couldn’t verbally attack others anonymously on Yelp or social media. Because you can create fake profiles for the purposes of trolling others. So, if creating false personas wasn’t a possibility, would you be willing to say some of the horrible things that people tend to say behind the veil of anonymity?
I don’t think it would change the way I present myself on any of these platforms. Because I’m not the kind of person who gets pleasure from tearing other people down on the internet. I don’t understand that personality type. For me, the whole idea of the Golden Rule should carry over from real life to the way we treat others online as well. Because odds are, online is going to be more of the real world than the real world at some point.
That sounds kinda bleak…
What about you? If you could say and do anything you want in a truly anonymous sense, would you? Let me know in the comments below!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.