Masks and Identities
A couple of weeks ago, I submitted a comment on Orrin Woodward’s website about his post on Bob McEwen. My comment was never approved, and I think I know why, judging from a recent post, The Soul of Network Marketing:
If you won’t post under your real identity then why should I post your opinions?
What is real and what is fake when it comes to identity? We all wear various masks in our lives. How we interact with our co-workers is often very different from how we interact with our loved ones and friends. Even within these individual spheres of work, family, and friends, we often put on a different persona depending on who we are speaking with. For instance, you wouldn’t talk to your children like you would talk to your spouse. Nor would you speak to a subordinate in the same manner that you speak to your superior.
What’s more important than the mask you wear outwardly is the content of what you say. If you are not being deceptive nor lying, does it matter if you post behind a pseudonym? There was a common saying when I was in the Amway business (from where Orrin came from), “If your dream is big enough, the facts don’t matter!” I’m sorry to say but this quote really is a bunch of BS and should be rewritten as, “If your dream is big enough, the facts are really important!”
I have my reasons for not posting under my legal name, and unless Orrin’s comment policy has changed recently, there’s no requirement for entering a legal name.
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So, if Orrin feels strongly about this, I suggest modifying his comments policy to reflect what he wants. Orrin has in the past posted comments from people using handles, such as IBOFightBack, so there is precedence.
What Orrin is doing on his site is exactly that which is claims to be against in his post: a totalitarian! This is entirely his right, since it’s his website, after all. Compare, however, his exhortations on individual choice, freedom and free enterprise with the comments on his site. Why is there little or no dissent there? Are such opinions being moderated and suppressed or does everyone just plain agree with him?