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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

To 'Anonymous': Do revolution the American way, put your name on it


Step out and put your name on what you believe in.
Oy! The stuff that comes in over-the-transom at Plainfield Today.

The latest is an Anonymous comment (off topic, naturally) saying the writer is organizing 'the revolution' in Plainfield this week and wants others to join in.

Trouble is, this person doesn't stup up to the plate and tell you who they are.

How unlike the true American revolutionaries, who put their lives and livelihoods on the line when they signed the Declaration of Independence. As, for instance, John Hancock, who is said to have written his signature large and bold so that King George III could read it 'without his spectacles'.

 

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The "true" American revolutionaries were slave owners, bigots, male chauvinist and no doubt would have been gay bashers. Do you really think one should take on those ideals? Respect the need for anonymity or remove it as an option for your blog.

Anonymous said...

Common Sense, by Thomas Paine, was originally published anonymously, and the Federalist Papers were published under the pseudonym Publius. It doesn't get much more revolutionary than Paine or American than Publius.

Anonymous said...

As an occasional anonymous poster I take the opposite view (go figure!) I love being able to publicly criticize our public officials without having to worry that I will be targeted for reprisal. If I criticize the PMUA, I don't want to worry that a truck load of garbage is going to turn over in my front yard (not that that would happen - just sayin.)
While on the subject, Dan, do you have some standard for publishing anonymous comments(e.g., no defamatory statements, no obscenities)? What are the standards? If a comment is otherwise acceptable but you disagree with the opinion expressed, do you publish it anyway? Will you commit to publish every comment not otherwise obscene or defamatory regardless of your personal opinion? And do you have anyway of finding out who an anonymous poster is?
Thanks for proving this forum, Dan.

olddoc said...

"Trouble is, this person doesn't stup up to the plate and tell you who they are."

Dan, the typo is excusable but the rest is as if anon wrote it 'this person" singular, "who they are" pleural.

I do live in a glass house but I can fault others no need to post

Anonymous said...

Ah, the rules of grammar have given way to political correctness. It would be presumptuous if not sexist to refer to "this person" as either "he" or "she", so writers are advised to just say "they" rather than repeat "this person". Our revolutionary forefathers were at least free of gender concerns in their writings:)