“secretedsins: It’s an almost universally understood axiom that the Internet allows people to be what they are not. Look at the memes, the jokes, the parodies of Internet dating sites— they are lousy with examples of ordinary people pretending to be extraordinary.
Those who hold the premise as true— they’re missing the point, aren’t they?
Anonymity would certainly afford an opportunity to be what one is not; but, I’d submit, the offline world does that already. Moreover, I’d argue that, in real life (IRL), we are all required to be what we are not. We are burdened IRL with a virtual mandate of dishonesty, innocent as it may seem. We are required to trim ourselves down to fit within whatever pigeonhole we’ve been placed by time and circumstance, by careful planning and schooling. We wear exquisitely crafted masks and an armor of self-imposed restraints designed to protect us, to normalize us, to make us less extraordinary; and, thus, more acceptable to the amorphous whole of society, and less a potential target of judgment.
In a world of anonymity, there is no legitimate reason to reveal anything but personal truth; no impetus to be anything less than everything we truly are. That is the beauty of it. That is both it’s draw, and it’s unique, blessed reward.
The anonymity afforded by the Internet allows extraordinary people to stop pretending they are ordinary.”—Taboo: Thoughts: On Anonymity
“DJ’ing is part entertaining, part educating. Like throwing in something [the crowd] probably won’t recognize. It’s cool to see a crowd react well to something new and dig it.”—James Cuddyer (aka Static)
“I’ve had many enemies over the years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never engage in a fight your sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when your in a position of strength - even if you no longer need to strike back.”—The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Bundle, Pp. 145, Steiger Larson