Foucault’s Anonymous Authors

October 18, 2007 at 8:47 am | Posted in Assignments, ATEC 3325, Thoughts | Leave a comment

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog The Internet allows users to create artificial identities with great ease. Multiple sites with their own policies and communities frustrate tracking online identities. Attempts at creating ubiquitous identity, such as Open ID and Live ID, have little traction outside their promoters. Thus, barring intervention on the part of an identity, connecting a real person with an authorial identity is extremely frustrating at best and impossible at worst.

This creates an environment wherein common authors easily acquire anonymity. The repercussions of starting a discussion disappears as the source of ideas is no longer easily tied to a person. Discursive environments quickly create memes which quickly spread across communities, unfettered by responsibility. Consumers only have what an author discloses as points of reference. At the same time, within communities authors may build identities to gain reputation.

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