Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I want to know your name

Dear Riva and Nick,
After reading your article I had to sit back, rethink and revaluate "safety" and "privacy" in today's day and age in the digital realm. I know this may be extreme, and a very bad comparison, but I associated these individuals extremist groups, such as the Klu Klux Klan and the Nazis. Although people aren't being physically harmed, as in the case of the KKK and the Nazis, I see how easy it is for one person's crazy idea and antics could lead to destruction and chaos with the right followers; nowadays anyone can get the right followers/people behind them no matter how crazy they are or may seem. In another article I read by Julian Dibbell, I was able to see how such groups form without any commonalities or similarities other than what brought them into the organization. However the issue arises when people are no longer just standing up for what they believe in and begin to cross the thin line between protesting and getting your voice heard and causing rucks and terror. With this whole anonymous author/contributor it only takes one idiot, I mean guy in his basement-which you pointed out Riva- not a whole group, army or band.

It is unfortunate when people misuse something that serves and great, meaningful purpose and misconstrues it for their own means; however this does vary because everyone has different ideas of what bad and good is. The Internet was supposed to be something great because it allowed the voiceless to be heard, however there aren't any rules nor is there an Internet gatekeeper to regulate how the Internet is being used and misused. There's no way to "punish" those that are misusing the Internet without harming and hindering other users. It's frightening to know that there are people out there who are misconstruing the First Amendment and the power of freedom of speech.

Ayesha Go.

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