The Internet is all a buzz over The Oz newspaper’s outing of political blogger Grog’s Gamut as one Greg Jericho, a public servant.
None more so than those keepers of ‘intellectual honesty’ from Crikey’s Pure Petulance where boring little Tubby Zigler (an anonymous author himself) has got his university academic balls all in a knot and is truly outraged:
The Australian has deemed his identity to be news, and they also seem to have decided that public servants aren’t entitled to hold political opinions. I’d suggest they’re wrong on both counts….
Yes that’s Tubby being “outraged” – belting the Oz with a limp lettuce leaf.
But what’s he on about? Grog’s blog was certainly news when his critical post about journalists was picked up by most of the media during the election campaign – making major headlines – so why wouldn’t his identity also be news?
Of course it is.
And even Tubby agrees that no one has a “right” to anonymity on the net:
… pseudonymous bloggers who are publishing only their opinions and analysis aren’t the same as sources and whistleblowers. Do they deserve the active protection of their identity? No.
Tubby is one confused little puppy. First he crys “foul”, then he says bloggers can’t remain anonymous. Go figure. Maybe he’s just worried about his own identity? He shouldn’t be -only significant bloggers get named.
This Grog’s stuff is really just a storm in a beer glass. What harm has it done?
And what the hell is Tubby’s point?
The Oz might be trying to make it look like Jericho has broken his obligations as a public servant but, from what I can see, he’s got nothing to worry about. Naming Grog might be malicious and vindictive but it should also be entirely expected. And does it really matter?
If Jericho feels he needs to close his blog because his cover is blown then that’s his decision. He made his own bed so …
Besides, he can always start a new blog under a different alias. He probably will.
Greg Jericho has done nothing wrong in my opinion but he really can’t complain that someone went after him. No one made him enter the world of politics and the media did they? That was his choice.
Welcome to the real world Grog – the virtual world is a myth after all. It doesn’t exist. But good on Jericho for keeping his nose clean and staying out of the gutter. He certainly earns respect.
I mean, it’s not like he used his anonymity to stalk anyone. Or harass them. Or defame them.
It’s not like he’s been involved in hacking someone’s computer either.
And it’s not like he has hounded some people over the Internet for years on end and, in so doing, might have broken the law.
In short, it’s not like he’s ‘Bridgit Gread’, ‘John Surname’ or ‘Fang’, is it?
Now those people really would be worried about being outed.