We have a right to freedom of expression, but do we have a right to anonymity? I’d love to know the answer. However, have to agree with the sentiment of this blog. I have followed @webofsubstance and respect the wishes of those educators that wish to remain anonymous online – as long as they are not malicious.
Last week I was quite distressed to read that Harry Webb, otherwise known as @webofsubstance had deleted his entire Twitter account and blog. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not a close friend of Harry. I didn’t follow him and he didn’t follow me. However, I read all his posts and agreed with some of his views, not so much with others. What Harry did was make me think. He opened my mind to other solutions. He challenged the norm and widened the debate. The dictionary definition of anonymity is
‘an·o·nym·i·ty 1. The quality or state of being unknown or unacknowledged.’
In Harry’s case he wanted to be anonymous. He caused no trouble, only sought to widen the debate on education and make us all think.
In the past there have been anonymous accounts which have been vindictive, trouble making and often not in the best interests of education. These accounts…
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