My real name is "Silence Dogood"!
Why, the mere fact that even now some DHS contractor is putting "Silence Dogood" on a no-fly list makes me feel all warm and runny inside....
NOTE Yeah, sure, I'm going to start using my real name on the Internet because Beltway wanker and WaPo Op-Ed writer Tom Grubisich started clutching his pearls at the lack of Civility in the blogosphere and thought a system like this would be a good idea:
Gordon Joseloff, a former CBS News correspondent who owns WestportNow.com, a popular grass-roots site [Sic! See Update below] in Westport, Conn., used to employ the standard permissive registration process. But in late 2005, turned off by the venom of anonymous posters, Joseloff instituted a policy requiring anyone who wanted to comment to use his or her real name. Joseloff also requires registrants to give their phone numbers. Numbers aren't posted on the site, but they give him and his team an additional check against false registration.
As usual, the man in the grey turtleneck nails it:
The club that they want to use is the "consequences," which for most of us is about aving current or future employment prospects threatened because someone googles our names and discovers that we don't like George Bush enough, or we hate her favorite rock band, or some other reason. This, of course, is a barrier too high for plenty of people. Which is the point.
Yep. The DFH, they want to knock the wheels off the cocktail wienie wagon. Can't have that. Fuck no.
UPDATE OK, Tom Grubisich is a fucking idiot.
Grubisich calls WestportNow.com a "grass roots" site, and if that's a fucking "grassroots site" I'll eat my fucking hat.
(The tipoff, of course, is right in the Op-Ed column: the putatively grassroots site is "owned" by one Joseloff.)
Just go look at WestportNow.com. Typically, "grass roots" sites aren't LLCs, don't have copyright in the name of the LLC (we do Creative Commons), don't run real estate ads, and don't publish puff pieces about local CEOs.
Oh, and typically, "grass roots" sites allow anonymous comments.
I have the feeling that the venom in the comments that distressed Joseloff so much had more to do with his business model than a general breakdown in civility -- which would be remarkable, or not, in an extremely wealthy bedroom community like Westport CT in any case.
"Grassroots," forsooth. Or, as we say these days, WTF?