19 November 2009
Should bloggers out their fellow bloggers?
Should anonymous bloggers be outed by other bloggers? The Exile's policy is that if a blogger wishes to be anonymous, then that will be respected. It is for this reason that David T. of Harry's Place fame is always referred to by his nickname, even though his real name is well known, since he has never indicated that he wishes his name to be used. As the friendly old Exile's even friendlier old dad once remarked, if you want to be treated as a white man then you have to bloody well behave like one. By adhering to this policy the Exile shows that he really is the whitest blogger around. . .
A policy of respect for other bloggers' anonymity helps to protect them from losing their jobs or even worse. Few in the blogging community will ever forget Riverbend, the Iraqi who helped us understand what it is like to live in a country under occupation. In her very first post back in August 2003 she wrote:
A little bit about myself: I'm female, Iraqi and 24. I survived the war. That's all you need to know. It's all that matters these days anyway.
Yes, that is all that matters, and who can doubt that had the attempts by various warmongers to find out the girl's true identity succeeded, she would have been quickly silenced by her country's occupiers or their collaborators?
Someone should mention these points to that short-arsed little cockroach who answers to the name of Gimlet Kamm because the fucker is one of those bloggers who just doesn't get it, which is why the rancid shit has been gloating at the outing of the policeman behind the NightJack blog. The author was outed by the Times, probably as an act of revenge because NightJack won the prestigious Orwell Prize, an award that the Times wanted for Gimlet, and which Gimlet was aching to take. According to Gimlet, it was legitimate to out NightJack's identity, "when he left clues to it". Presumably had he not left those clues then it would not have been legitimate. On the other hand perhaps not: it is hard to follow Gimlet's thought processes since they seem to be based on little more than petty vindictiveness as Neil Clark found out some years ago.
Gimlet aside, we band of bloggers really should agree not to grass one another up. Whatever political differences we have we are united in our determination to get our messages out. For many of us such as Riverbend and NightJack, that message has to be under the cloak of anonymity and we have a duty to respect that.
It is the way that white men behave.