Brief position on anonymity
Where do I stand on anonymity? That depends on the goal of the anonymous.
Embracing one’s alter ego can be gratifying, purposeful and help defeat the self-doubt voice amongst many long-standing sufferers. So for a moment, I took on my alter ego, and managed to start writing this post.
Traditionally, it’s been perceived as one of the more socially acceptable forms of narcissism — from whistleblowers to challenging those in positions of power. The unknown identity has historically invited feelings of respect as it dodges threats to it’s life that most shun for a safer one.
But today, thanks in part to youtube vloggers and social media voyerurism, relating to anonymity is a bit more complicated. What are we feeding, if we follow some of today’s emerging anonymous? For that matter, what are we self-indulging in, if we partake in our alter egos? Existential crisis’ 2.0?
But who knows — with the new world orders we are set to be confronted by, anonymity may be the new modus operandi.
Inspired writing from #BlogClub exercise.