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  •  Samuel Clemens didn't have to worry much about (1+ / 0-)
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    stalkers harrassing his children or gun-toting crackpots shooting him for his irreverent writings either (not too much, anyway).  He very purposely chose to write his novels under the penname Mark Twain for business reasons, the history of which I rather imagine you are familiar.

    HuffPost?  Eh, I've pretty much given up going there any more.  Way too commercial for my tastes.  They run pop-up ads that my blocker can't block.  I've had a lot of trouble trying to post comments there also.  Sometimes my comments haven't posted at all, or take several minutes to appear.  If you are the kind of a commenter who likes a website full of vacuous celebrity fluff along with your political content, then you're probably not the kind of commenter I'm going to take seriously in the first place.

    To me, the internet, and blogs in particular, are a paradigm shift in the way the world has come to communicate.  That shift includes the choice of anynomity, for better or worse.  How would you know, for instance, that Forrest Prince isn't just some silly pseudonym?  It sure doesn't seem like it would be a name that any responsible parent would bestow upon a child, so the probability is that it is a made up name.

    (Oh, crappo, now I done it).

    If we're not willing to boldly refute the lies, the lies will stand as truth. (-6.75, -6.72)

    by cn4st4datrees on Sun Aug 03, 2008 at 12:57:25 PM PDT

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