Online Identity Crisis

The latest comment, regarding online anonymity, by Christopher Poole, 4chan founder, at SXSW is not only in sharp contrast of how Mark Zuckerberg view the online identity but could also stir the debate of whether critical feedbacks would diminish online in lack of anonymity.

Poole said that, Zukerberg’s stand on one single identity for users whenever they are online, on the ground that it’ll encourage people to be more authentic, is ‘totally wrong’. He added, anonymity allows users to revel themselves in “completely unvarnished, unfiltered, raw way” and the “one single identity” would be in the cost of “the innocence of youth”. One would be more weary of one’s online activities, and less willing to experiment or be critical. He added, “The cost of failure is really high when you’re contributing as yourself”.