TITLE

Why Anonymity Exists and Works on Newspapers' Web Sites

AUTHOR(S)
Yelvington, Steve
PUB. DATE
December 2006
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Winter2006, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
23683078

 

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