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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Anonymity

John Gushue has taken aim at anonymity. He has a valid point. Some bloggers (well, at least one) are using it as a weapon as opposed to a shield, lobbing venomous posts from within their cloak of anonymity. I'd like to know how people feel about it. I hope I haven't abused my anonymity. I've tried to be reasonable as opposed to venomous, although I sometimes get carried away with my rhetoric (sorry).

I may quietly add my real name to my profile eventually. The fact is most of my friends in Toronto already know who I am, and I can't imagine that too many other people really care. Does my anonymity undermine the points I'm trying to make? Should I have the courage to step forward and take responsiblity for my opinions?

Or is discretion the better part of valour?

10 Comments:

Blogger Laurence said...

Well, I think that the 'anonymity' (and it IS the worst kept secret!) gives you a certain added mystique.
I've never viewed you as having mystique before.
It looks good on you.
Just imagine your daughters looking on in awe saying 'My Dad has MYSTIQUE!!!)
And, for contrast, you'll note that I've never gone the route of anonymity. I'll NEVER have mystique. And I could surely use some.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Aigle De Nuit said...

Geez, on the line around TBC everybody knows me and I think I am one of the very few with "hardware" in her (yes,HER) CBC job title...I've "outed" on the CMG-BBS.

Ummm, I've been thinking abut this a lot...sorry.

I just don't want to be Googable...in a blogshell, I don't want my "past secret lives" to meet my "current secret life/lives"

Guess I could call me "mitch" everybody ends up using it. I chose AigleDeNuit because it referred to the night and was an homage to my #1chevalier.

Gotta ask you 'Bee, have you had people you know come up to you and shyly ask "are you WorkerBee?"...I've been getting "Are you Angel of the Night? ,"Are you the Night Angle?" or just "you're YOU..I know how you are!"

I don't think it's really a mystique but the pen-name does indeed seem to allow people to see an other side of us (especially non-content CBC'ers), not just a mystery.

The Aigle thing may possibly protect me from something "legal" and give me freedom in that way, but I think it liberated me far more since nobody originally had any expectations from this creature of the night.

Damn! I shouldda blogged this...You OWE me an idea ...Mr. I-gotta-lotta-post!

Aigle, AKA Mitch, AKA 4J105, AKA 2077/2330.

7:03 PM  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Hey Aigle,

I'm kind of with you, I've been thinking about it all day and so far I'm not inclined to own up. I've seen too much vindictiveness at work, and although it's probably not difficult to figure out who I am, I prefer to maintain plausible deniability.

No, I haven't had anybody ask me if I'm workerbee. Most of the people I know don't read the blogs, and I've already owned up to (some of) the very few that do.

I strongly suspect that the only person who really gives a rat's ass about my anonymity is me. It's like, get over myself already.

How 'bout I send you a list of thirty or forty potential posts... knowing full well that any single post you come up with yourself would be infinitely more poetic, amusing and thought provoking than any forty I could send you... you are, after all, le majestique aigle de nuit :-)

7:49 PM  
Blogger Aigle De Nuit said...

Oooooooh!

You sweet talker, you!

Actually, I think I did pretty well today, not really poetic...I'm in a bit of "either I laugh, or I'm going to cry"

On nights next week, so I might run dry after the sunstroke wears off.

(chevalier reads you, BTW...watchit, or he might get MAD!)

9:19 PM  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Sorry Chevalier -- what can I say, I like the writing. Another lock out blogger (who shall remain anonymous) and I were both jealous when "Kingmaker" Maffin declared Aigle his favourite blogger a while back. When I subsequently linked to Aigle (I'm very choosy about my links, due to inherent laziness) my blogger friend e-mailed me and accused me of being a traitor.

I stand by my links. But it's completely innocent, I assure you. :-)

10:07 PM  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Laurence: Point taken, and thanks. But what about my sons? ;-)

10:10 PM  
Blogger Ouimet said...

Bee, perhaps Aigle's "thinly veiled anonymity" is the best way to go. That way, if anyone is really interested, they could figure out who you were, but it keeps out the casual rubberneckers who might get the wrong idea.

And you might need this anonymity in the future. Best to keep that ace in the hole.

Aigle, that ransom note post on your site is brilliant.

11:19 AM  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Thanks Ouimet, it's advice I think I'll take. By the way, I hope you don't give up the blog, whatever the reason.

Now off to check out Aigle's ransom note...

2:00 PM  
Blogger AC@43 said...

keep your anonimity .. the power is in the writing/what you say.. not the name.
By the way tell Laurence to stop lurking and write something himself .. by the way is he Friends of the FG fame

2:45 PM  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Thanks 42 (I don't think you're a loser, and I know who you really are... bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha! So much for your anonymity... but your secret's safe with me). Yep, Laurence is that famous FOTFG fame. Laurence, you heard 42, get writin'...

9:05 PM  

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