[unrev-II] Rhetoric, authorship, and anonymity

From: N. C a r r o l l (ncarroll@hastingsresearch.com)
Date: Wed Nov 14 2001 - 22:30:50 PST

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    From: Jeff Conklin <jeff.conklin@verizon.net>
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    > A good insight or interpretation is inherently persuasive, IMHO. That
    doesn't imply that the intention of all communication is to persuade ...
    sometimes we're trying to be persuasive and sometimes we're just trying to
    find our way around some obstacle.

    True. Not all writing is rhetorical. Some is simply "thinking with
    the keyboard."

    > Anonymity cuts both ways. It can be great for leveling the playing field.
    But there's also literature to support the view that people rely heavily on
    the source of a piece of information or viewpoint as an indicator of it's

    Intensely true. Supporting literature is unneeded. This is simply a fact.

    > Denied that indicator, they can feel that the system, full of anonymous
    comments, is too sterile to be useful. Anonymity is a useful tool for
    certain situations ... but I doubt it can be the norm for effective project

    Which is why aliases are so beneficial to the Web. They permit
    freedom of speech, while allowing an anonymous author to develop
    validity through a series of writings. Clearly one cannot contribute
    to core code anonymously. But for debugging, why not?


    Nicholas Carroll
    Travel: ncarroll1000@yahoo.com
    "The hardest single part of building a software system
    is deciding precisely what to build." -- Frederick Brooks

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