Saturday, March 10, 2001

aRCHival re-downLoAd...What it means to be ethically bound to what you write...

this was originally posted on March 21, 2007 @ 2:01pm. thought it was worth bringing forward in order to indicate where i stand...
I came by a version of this statement this morning at a group site.

"Here, at site blah, blah, blah, anonymity is really important. It's so necessary. Our bloggers are students in universities and colleges who are fully expecting to become professional blahs, blahs, blahs or blahs. Some of our bloggers are already professionally accredited blahs, blahs or blahs.

Publicizing the real life names of these very strategically placed people will ruin their careers. If you expect anyone to write the truths that will incite other people (not us) to fight for change in the streets, to ruin their career prospects and perhaps loose their lives so that eventually even our bloggers (so safe intheir chosen careers) will be able to breathe a collective sigh of relief from their hidden locations far from the frontlines of bloody resistance, then our bloggers need to be able to count on anonymity in order to continue to churn out writings so completely distanced from their privileged and safe everyday lives without fear of ever having to take a politicized stand in real time.

We know you understand, dear blogger. Because you'd like to keep your boss, friends, lovers, partners and family from knowing about this other part of your life, too. Thank you."

I mean, being outted is unacceptable. People have a right to say who they are in a time of their own choosing.

But this whole issue of anonymity does bring to mind bloggers who are being policed and imprisoned in other parts of the world. They're being made examples so that those who remain will tremble with fear and so that we will respect limits which have been set by the powers that be.

You will only be safe to speak and write true if the rest of your life remains hidden. Come too far "out", reveal yourself as a living, breathing person behind a blog, try to set an example through a political life lived and we will track you down and at best humiliate or discredit you, at worst harm you, your family, your friends and your dog.

So, anonymity remains the order of the day and everyone's investment in maintaining the oppressive status quo goes unquestioned.

Wouldn't want to become a blogland Nelson Mandela sent away for a few decades for being caught at the forefront of an e-revolution, now would you?

Which makes me wonder:

Who exactly will stand on the front lines if us political or politicized bloggers, our careers, our privileges and our rickety card houses are all too important to risk?

How important is change if no one is willing to risk being seen resisting in full view in order to demand it?

I guess at the end of the day it really will be only those with absolutely nothing to loose who decide to risk everything to see some sort of new world be born.