The complete opposite. Our internet persona are the most accurate displays of ourselves because in here we have no obligations to say anything but what we hold true. There is no peer pressure, no fear of remorse, and no societal standard limiting what we can and cannot say.
I don't think genuine was the right word. In fact I know it wasn't really. Your point that anonymity, for good or for ill, can allow our true selves to come out is of course correct. The thing is, there is nothing I would say here or anywhere else that I wouldn't say in public. That's just me.
Perhaps the correct word would have been "decent" as I believe people will genuinely behave decent when they perceive even a slight social order to things, which of course implies consequences to untoward actions. My point is that when you aren't just a nameless faceless avatar, it is quite likely you will behave more civil. I have had my name and email public for years; not because I expect someone to use them, but because it is a way of keeping myself honest. No saying something inappropriate and then ducking out. I may say the occasional inappropriate things, but knowing my true self will be held accountable is a nice self-imposed check on my inner desire to otherwise speak in less than civil tones at times.
When I go to other forums, I'm still always Prez. (I don't use my full last name (Prezioso) for obvious reasons! :D) My game tag is always Prez (or some variation thereof like xXPrezXx if it is already taken). I like the continuity even if no one else ever really notices.
People need rules. People need boundaries. It always a bit disturbing to see just how close "civilization" is from total anarchy. One only needs to watch what will happen when a traffic light fails at a busy intersection at rush hour in a major city to see this firsthand.
Again, pretty off-topic from the theme of the headline, but I guess it all ties in.
The PC Warrior wrote on Jul 8, 2010, 15:28:
all of the people who dont think this is a big deal please post your first and last names. funny so many of you named john smith. thats what i thought.
I just never have understood why this is so taboo. My name is John Prezioso. What the hell is the big deal? I have far worse enemies than here who know my address as well; I'm simply not all that concerned that people have been able to know my name since I started using the net more or less.
Hell if the IRS knows my name and address and I don't live in fear, I can't see why I should sit quivering in fear at my keyboard at the prospect of one of you guys knowing it.This comment was edited on Jul 8, 2010, 16:43.
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