Schopenhauer on anonymous comments on the internet wrote:Let me recommend a general Anti-criticism, a universal medicine or panacea, to put a stop to all anonymous reviewing, whether it praises the bad or blames the good: Rascal! Your name! For a man to wrap himself up and draw his hat over his face, and then fall upon people who are walking about without any disguise-this is not the part of a gentleman, it is the part of a scoundrel and a knave.
An anonymous review has no more authority than an anonymous letter; and one should be received with the same mistrust as the other.
Schopenhauer wrote:...anonymity... was introduced under the pretext of protecting the honest critic, who warned the public, against the resentment of the author and his friends. But where there is one case of this sort, there will be a hundred where it merely serves to take all responsibility from the man who cannot stand by what he has said, or possibly to conceal the shame of one who has been cowardly and base enough to recommend a book to the public for the purpose of putting money into his own pocket. Often enough it is only a cloak for covering the obscurity, incompetence and insignificance of the critic. It is incredible what impudence these fellows will show, and what literary trickery they will venture to commit, as soon as they know they are safe under the shadow of anonymity.
Paul Carr, Daily Telegraph wrote:..if we forced everyone who wanted to respond to a blog post or online article to use their real name, the Internet would be transformed. Overnight it would cease to be a cesspool of trollery and abuse
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