Friday, February 11, 2011

Fifth blog post: Anonymity, Deception, Trolling

Often hailed as the worst movie of all time.

First of all, I've got to say that I love all the images you're finding!

Now, for this week's post: consider the way the Internet allows us to manipulate the way we present ourselves to others (and how they present themselves to us). Also, choose almost any YouTube video with comments allowed and take a scroll through them. Or check out the comments on most local newspaper websites - those without comment moderation - and see what kinds of unfiltered thoughts pour through.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of remaining anonymous online? Why do think the web has produced the phenomenon of "trolling," and why do you think people feel so comfortable saying things online they likely wouldn't say in person? How do we determine whether we're being deceived online? And, bonus points: how do we combat the negative effects of some of these developments?

1 comment:

  1. So are you saying that like Troll 2, our post shouldn't have anything to do with trolls at all? ;)