Virtual Anonymity

Singer, Jane B. “Virtual Anonymity: Online Accountability and the Virtuous Virtual Journalist.” Journal of Mass Media Ethics 11.2 (1996): 95. Print.

This article includes data (though not nearly as recent as I would like- 1994) of a breakdown of how anonymous messages are used online in a political debate. About half of the posts assert an opinion, with the close second being vicious attacks, followed by much smaller percents used for information, questions, defense to the attacks, and persuasion. Understanding how people use their accounts in an anonymous way can definitely help my paper, as I am still forming an opinion based on my research of whether or not it is useful. In this case, more people are probably likely to assert their opinion especially in a political debate considering  it is law to have the right to a private vote. The anonymity factor probably brought more opinions to the table than having your full name printed would.  However, the large percentage of attacks are also something to consider when thinking of the ethical effects of anonymity.

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