Why Anonymity Exists and Works on Newspapers' Web Sites

Yelvington, Steve
December 2006
Nieman Reports;Winter2006, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p29
The author discusses the reason behind the practice of anonymity on newspapers' Web sites. He reveals that anonymity and pseudonymity are not merely common to Internet culture, but there is a considerable historical, ethical and legal foundation for it. In the days before the adoption of the Web, most Internet discussions took place on a system called Usenet. Messages were signed with real names. However, the Web evolved in a different direction. Despite the existence of the cultures of identity, they have not grown at the rate of the overall Web.


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