A scandal regarding blog comments posted by federal prosecutore Sal Perricone has come to light in recent weeks here in New Orleans. Perricone's blog comments, posted under a fake name, trashed local government, judges, and aspects of certain cases in federal court. While his conduct wasn’t necessarily illegal, it was certainly unethical. This story sheds light not just on ethics but on the trend of many people posting on blogs anonymously or under a hidden identity.
I was listening to WWL 870 AM radio station today. The host of a local talk program noted how ugly some of the text messages are that come into his station. He remarked that because there is some anonymity in texting in comments that people will say things they would never say on the phone or in person.
When I first started working for the Vineyard Church of Kenner we would occasionally get letters sent to the church that were very critical of me and my worship leading. However the most hateful letters were never signed and it really sucked getting them. I remember talking to my pastor about it and he told me a great word of wisdom, “If you get a letter that isn’t signed and with no address then just through it in the trash because if the person who sent it isn’t brave enough to sign it then you don’t need to read it.” I have been so thankful for that advice in the years that followed.
What do you think of anonymity on the internet?
Do you agree with the advice my pastor gave me?
Have you ever commented on blogs, or through text, or emails in a way that was anonymous? Why?