God's Park

Critical View: What is Digital Anonymity?

An individual’s presence on the Internet consists only of a screen name, which need not have any connection with one’s real name. The screen name – unlike an actual name – has no social context, representing no family, with no community ties or obligations. In cyberspace one can function apart from any fixed identity, surfing in total anonymity, where no one knows who you really are. Not having an identity, of course, can be very liberating.