Salon.com had an interesting article last week about anonymous bloggers (it’s part of their premium site so you may have to suffer through an ad to see it). The article discusses how several blogs with anonymous authors have risen to prominence within journalism and examines where they fit in the context of modern media. It raises some pretty interesting points of view regarding the blogging community:
It takes a certain courage to shoot half-cocked into the media landscape like that. Or does it? These and other bloggers have made names for themselves by having no names at all — and by using the safety and security of their secret identities to spread gossip, make accusations and levy the most vicious of insults with impunity.
Not surprisingly, journalism experts suggest anonybloggers are operating outside of any reasonable ethical line. “One of the things that’s going to have to become a standard for the Internet is, if you want to be taken seriously, you have to be identified,” says Alex Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. “Anonymity is almost always, for the mainstream anyway, something that says, ‘Be very, very careful.’”
I raise this as a point of discussion because Blogcritics has a variety of bloggers of both flavors and I’m very interested in hearing other’s opinions on the issue. Obviously, I’m for full disclosure and am pro-choice on the issue, however, I must concede that I’m probably biased towards other full disclosure types. Your thoughts?