Outing Anonymous Bloggers

by Brien Jackson

This isn’t going to be popular, but frankly I don’t really have a problem with Alaska Muckraker’s identity being revealed. While I don’t disagree with Hilzoy that it doesn’t really affect her writing much to be anonymous, and that the lawmaker didn’t know whether she had a particular reason not to reveal her identity, wanting to insert yourself into the conversation/process and getting an audience mostly from antagonizing a candidate but declaring that you’re just a person with an opinion when there’s pushback smacks of trying to have it both ways. I doubt very much that any of us would symathize much if Rush Limbaugh responded to criticism by declaring that he was just a guy with an opinion who shouldn’t be criticized, pushed back against, campaigned against, or whatever, and rightly so. For better or worse, this is one of the consequences of a blogosphere that matters.