I comment on blogs frequently and I try to comment with legitimate opinions, ideas and valuable information as much as possible. In recent times, there has been a lot of intense debate about names online and identity.
That discussion is fantastic. There are great reasons for people to prefer using real names: value, familiarity, connections, identification and so on. There are also great reasons to run under a pseudonym that are virtually the same. And again this is true for anonymity but it does lose the identification aspect. I don’t know what’s right, what’s best and what the solution is, but I know I want to be apart of the discussion too.
On a personal note, I’ve commented on blogs. I’ve said things that have been wrong. Either my information was incorrect, my opinion was near-sighted or some other compelling reason to respectively look back and realize it was wrong.
I used my name online wherever I go. When I’m wrong, it hurts. Why? Admitting defeat is never easy. It’s a sour pill to swallow when I thought I was right. Compounding that I was wrong, I’m also wrong by name.
The words I wrote under Ryan Rampersad are connected to every other word I’ve uttered. If not not by fact and obvious historical evidence, then by my own knowledge that I wrote those words.
Having a name and being accountable sucks, when I’m wrong. That’s just life.