Shining a light: The death of the anonymous comment

Starting this week, The Tennessean will no longer allow anonymous commenting:

Starting Dec. 1, will begin using Facebook Comments on articles to create a more civil environment for conversation and to give everyone an easier way to share with friends. The new system seeks to reduce anonymity and elevate quality by requiring a Facebook account to participate. To discuss this new feature, please feel free to post your comments below.

Elmer,  you have no

Elmer,  you have no expedtations of privacy when you use any electronic device, network or phone or computer.  But you knew that.


You mean like when I have a

You mean like when I have a reasonable "expectation" of spell-check technology at a news blog forum?:

Elmer,  you have no expedtations of privacy when you use any electronic device, network or phone or computer.  But you knew that.

Advertisers take note: the

Advertisers take note: the Tennessean editorial and/or online staff is simply opting to make their publication become less relevant...


Name That

Name That Ben

During the eighteenth century, it was common for writers and journalists to use pseudonyms, or false names, when they created newspaper articles and letters to the editor. Franklin used this convention extensively throughout his life, sometimes to express an idea that might have been considered slanderous or even illegal by the authorities; other times to present two sides of an issue, much like the point-counterpoint style of journalism used today. 

When Franklin used a pseudonym, he often created an entire persona for the "writer." Sometimes he wrote as a woman, other times as a man, but always with a specific point of view. While all of his writings were focused and logical, many were also humorous, filled with wit and irony. Silence Dogood, Harry Meanwell, Alice Addertongue, Richard Saunders, and Timothy Turnstone were a few of the many pseudonyms Franklin used throughout his career...

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The problem with the

The problem with the Internet is you can't verify the source. -Abraham Lincoln

"At least I won't die as a

"At least I won't die as a Republican..." --- Abraham Lincoln, last words.

(Lincoln left the Republican Party in 1864 to join the National Union Party.)

And of course we all know

And of course we all know that American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin never permitted anonymous commenting within his or his brother's newspapers...

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