You get a whole different picture of how people feel about things when they don't have to tell you who they are.
That's partly what makes internet message boards and blogs both interesting and a little frightening. Unburdened by the need to hide behind politeness and civility, people can anonymously spew all kinds of hate.
That was the point of my column today.
Do you think anonymity is mostly a good thing, because it allows the rest of us to read a person's honest feelings about something? Or would we be better off if people were forced to identify themselves online and kept some of the more hateful comments to themselves?
--- Bruce Andriatch