So I wanted to talk about anonymity on the internet. Yes this is a psychologically related topic. Let me begin with a story. Its a true story and I
have left out names to protect my own Identity and my family's we have been through enough. This past month, Please stick with me the story is long
but, it has meaning to me and it really changed my perspective on life
My father was a kind man and all he wanted to do was be and architect, he achieved this goal and he was successful, however, he didn't agree with what
the board demanded. Rather than be an architect to make money he wanted to do it because he was passionate. So when a local children's hospital needed
some housing for parents of long term patients they asked my father for some help, he did and because he was a nice guy he charged them WAY less than
what the board sets as fees. The board very angry revoked his license and charged him.
This is where the story takes a nasty turn, my father kept being an architect without a license HOWEVER, still had his degree, and still followed
board rules, and such, went to other architects to keep up to date and ensure things were proper. A local news station got wind of this and not only
demonized him and slandered him but made him loose everything he held dear, he was called a fraud, and though he did do something wrong those who knew
him and know the system know, he was falsely charged by the board, because of their own greed. He ended up loosing hundreds of thousands of dollars in
under 48 hours. All because of a mentally unstable ex. with a friend in the expose "news" section. On November 20th he died, a month after the
article, and 24 hours later another news story was published by this news station, they demonized the dead.
Its this part that really gets me, people were able to comment on the article. And its this false anonymity that makes me question human nature. Every
day people began to say "... Its never good to hear some one died but in this case it is" or "Better make sure he is really dead, seems a coincidence"
or the most painful to read " Better check the life insurance policies he probably killed him self"
So my question ATS is what makes people think that because they have a user name its okay to be rude and say things that you would never say to a
persons face? I've seen it on ATS what I assume are perfectly kind people turning into monsters? Do you think you would do it? If so what makes it
Xiamara aka Nikki S. (To rid some anonymity)
Also for people who do know me and my family personally I know some of you are on here I'd appreciate not posting the articles I do reference.
RIP dad I hope you get the justice you deserve.
edit on 11-12-2010 by Xiamara because: (no reason given)
edit on 11-12-2010 by
Xiamara because: (no reason given)