Of course the other side to the online anonymity issue relates to the use of social media in and about the workplace, and its the possible employment repercussions from online interactions that advocates for anonymity usually cite as a reason for their position on the matter. However I think that they are quite mistaken on a couple of levels.
Firstly when you are on the boss’s dollar you really have no right to carry out personal business or commentary on life instead of devoting yourself to the tasks for which you are being paid. It has never ceased to amaze me just how many people who comment on blogs (including my own ) or tweet madly away during work hours and this trend has become even more common with the advent of internet capable smart phones which circumvent any restrictions on the use of workplace computers.
Secondly there is the matter of how what you may post on social media will reflect upon your employer and the incidents described in the image on the right (from the AGE) are good examples of the possible negative consequences for being an online fool or smartarse.
Rather than whining about employers taking note of stupid or malicious online behaviour perhaps those who advocate for the impunity of anonymity on the net should instead realise that the other side of the equation is that if people were as well mannered and respectful online as they are obliged to be in “real” life then the chances of them having any negative consequences for an internet presence will be very small indeed.
I have been blogging for exactly seven years this very day* and during that time I have seen a great deal of change in the online environment the electric country has become populated with far more ordinary folk rather than being mostly populated by the early adopters of the personal computer and as the demographic has changed so to has the expectations of society about this online part of life. No longer do is anarchy and a mostly pseudonymous interaction the norm. Most of us have face-book, twitter or some other sort of social media presence and its up to us all to use our online presence with mindfulness and care for the consequences of publication. This is a good thing as I see it because from mindfulness and care comes civility , and civility is the foundation of a well functioning society, which is after all what we want isn’t it?
*Happy Blog day to Moi
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