Online Anonymity

the difference between my behaviour when people annoy me to my face and when it is done online is different. it is fascinating to observe, really.  online hostility and meanness isn't reserved just for trolls. respectable people also do it, depending on which of their wires are crossed.  these days, before i type off any angry words that will go online, i am trying my best to ask (whenever i remember to do so) if i am hiding behind anything.  for all we know, the so-called online anonymity might cease to exist in the near future as internet surveillance catches up to us with terrifying speed.  however, for today, whatever agenda we wield, no matter how angry we are, let us constantly remind ourselves that the person on the other side of our screen is a human too.

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