One of our readers suggested we do an open discussion on this article on CNN.com titled "#@*!!! Anonymous anger rampant on Internet" and written by Todd Leopold. It is an interesting article and definitely worth discussion. Please take the time to read this article but here are a few excerpts:
"One reason for the vitriol that emerges on the Web, experts say, is the anonymity the Internet provides. Commenters seldom use their real names, and even if they do, the chance for retaliation is slim."
"We've all had interactions with unpleasant people, but we don't confront them. We take it out elsewhere," he said. "What the Internet has created is groups of people where there are no repercussions with being too aggressive."
"As for adults, human nature dictates that people will always lash out at others, whether it's over a perceived insult or simply because of a power differential. Web sites may ban the worst offenders, but they'll almost always pop up elsewhere, using a different name, e-mail address or even computer."