Wait. North Korea (a.k.a. Best Korea to its leadership and former basketball-playing friends) has an official Flickr and Twitter account?
North Korea opened its Twitter account in 2010. It has more than 13,000 followers. The North uses the social media to praise its system and leaders and also to repeat commentaries sent out by North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
And they have more followers than us? Do they #teamfollowback and retweet? Because The Guys could use that kind of publicity …
No! We mustn’t trade our love of freedom for web page hits. SeriouslyGuys.com proudly endorses democracy and liberty. (Please share that last sentence with your friends.)
Every couple of days, some Internet writer thinks they’re going to hold a mirror up to frequent users and cause us to rethink how we do our Serious Business. The attacks, like in Todd Leopold’s trite little puff piece (“#@*!!! Anonymous anger rampant on Internet”), are always the same list of grievances:
Users are anonymous on the Internet.
They can say whatever they want without fear of repercussion.
Anyone can read what they say.
Some kid committed suicide because her neighbor harassed her online.
Therefore, we shouldn’t post angry statements on the Internet.
OK, for the sake of argument, let’s say that, yes, there are a lot of angry comments online about celebrity bad behavior, school bullies and morons, often using bad names and language.
So what? They’ve had it too good for far too long.
Americans have spent the last 200+ years not getting rebuked for doing stupid things like drunk driving, abusing their peers and spouting moronic talking points without getting called out on it. That’s how you change behavior: by posting every time someone gets away with being a poor example of humanity.
Thanks to anonymity, Internet users are able to do the one thing we can’t do in public: tell a jerk how it is. And now they have to listen, no matter how big, rich or powerful they may be.
However, at least one of their lawmakers doesn’t “get” it: “Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal.”
The bill would require all Web sites to force anyone submitting content to register with their full name, address and email address. Any sites that publish comments from the elusive Anonymous will receive fines ranging from $500-1000.
Who would be hit hardest by this bill? Day planners and poetry Web sites, of course. Also affected would be any site publishing the work of anonymous bard William Shakespeare, whoever the hell that was; Mark Twain (real full name: Samuel Clemmons); and the Federalist Papers.
To file your anonymous complaints, be sure to comment on the linked story.