We shouldn’t be putting up anonymous posts on internet forums, according to Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Department for Church and Society Relations. “Isn’t it high time that we gave up this silly anonymity on the Internet? In the ‘real world’, people usually don’t find anonymous information credible. If I were trying to communicate with you, if I wore a mask, if I used a pseudonym to hide my real name, you’d have every reason not to trust me”, he said at a meeting with representatives of the American Israel Public Relations Committee on Tuesday. In his view, society has rules, “which we’ve come to through trial and error, which give structure to, and lay down, certain rules of behaviour. Is it necessary to establish new rules of conduct for ‘virtual space’, at least at the level of determining which people are worthy of credence and who isn’t? I don’t have a ready answer to this question, but it’s worth our serious consideration”, Fr Vsevolod said. He pointed up that contemporary Russia has a “serious problem with the proliferation of anti-Semitism, Russophobia, bias against people from the Caucasus, and hate directed against immigrants from Central Asia. All this provocation is fraught with the risk of interethnic conflict, and the most aggressive statements insulting human dignity due to nationality is disseminated over the internet”, he said.
5 April 2011
I sign all of my original posts… and I attach my image, as well (comments, such as this is, bear my initials at the end, admitting authorship). Long ago, I received the advice that such a course was the only true and honourable position… any decent person sees that, I’m sure. It DOES lay one open to attack… certainly, that’s true. Them’s the breaks… you tell the truth… you tell it in its fullness (even if you have to use a flamethrower… thank you, again, “P”). Then…
YOU SIGN YOUR NAME OR PUT YOUR INITIALS DOWN.
Any other course is that of a punk coward… full stop. I think that “Charlie” and I see eye to eye on this, at least. Pass me the jug, Vsevolod Anatolyevich, and take a snort yourself… it’s Rowan’s Creek, honest and smooth Kentucky bourbon, good for what ails ya and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.