Tuesday, September 11, 2012

There is nothing more cowardly than people who post under pseudonyms or initials

I have long maintained that people that refuse to post under their own real and full names are cowards that are not worth reading. I realize my opinion on this like my opinion that the Stalinist national deportations were acts of racial discrimination and that the forced expulsion of the Sudeten Germans was morally wrong is not shared by anybody else on the Internet. But, people who use pseudonyms have no credibility on anything in their life. If you can not even own your own words then you do not have any right to speak.

9 comments:

Withywindle said...

I vaguely suspect this is directed to me. I am uncertain, however, why you are nettled right now.

J. Otto Pohl said...

It is not aimed at you at all. It is aimed at other much more annoying people.

Withywindle said...

Oh, good. Speaking of initials, what does the J stand for?

J. Otto Pohl said...

Jonathan

Withywindle said...

Do you go by Jonathan in person?

J. Otto Pohl said...

No, I go by Otto. I only use my full first name on official and legal documents.

Jim Norris said...

Agreed.
—Publius
—George Orwell
—Mark Twain
—George Eliot
—Lewis Carroll
—Mother Jones
—O. Henry
—Moli√®re
—Voltaire

J. Otto Pohl said...

Mr. Norris: None of those people posted on the Internet.

datatutashkhia said...

I can't express any political opinions publicly, it's against the staff rules, where I work.

But in any case: what's cowardly about it? You express an opinion, what difference does it make which name is attached to it? I don't get it.