Give a man a mask, and he'll tell you deeper and darker truths. But he'll also be more abusive, unaccountable, and demonic.
Ah, the joys of anonymity!
Privacy, freedom of action (AKA being uninhibited), and a lack of accountability!
How often have we dreamed of living like this in Real Life (RL)?
How many of us live like this in Second Life (SL)?
Of course, there are a few concerns associated with anonymity inworld but more of that later!(Can’t get too serious too soon, now can we?)
I do it!
I’m anonymous inworld.
No surprise to anyone who knows me inworld.(Once again, I thank my three loyal readers!)
Well, in RL, I’m a nobody.(Yes, that may come as a shock to my three loyalists.)I want to stay that way.
Also, Significant Other, my RL partner, made anonymity a precondition of my wandering across the Grid.(Significant Other nods firmly while shoulder surfing which also happens to be one of Significant Other’s favorite pastimes when not exercising editorial oversight.)
Finally, a lot of what I do inworld, I’d never do in RL. (Once again, Significant Other nods firmly.)
But, what is anonymity inworld really all about?
Let’s chat about this for a bit!
There are the obvious reasons for anonymity in SL.
First, there’s privacy.
Most don’t want their RL friends and family to know what they’re doing inworld.Nothing wrong there.
Next, there’s freedom of action.We wander around nude and no one but ourselves and our similarly anonymous friends know about it.Or, we experiment with gender, dress, sex, or whatever else catches our fancy.There’s probably a different reason for every avatar in SL.
Best of all, zero accountability!
Who cares about this little, anonymous avatar running around inworld?
Here’s where the not so obvious aspects of SL anonymity arise.
Some engage in bad behaviors inworld.
Fortunately, not as many as some RL media would have us believe but still too many.