This is a direct excerpt from my actual hand-written journal I keep. I feel it’s pertinent to my blog and a lot of the more politically charged posts I’ve been making on Facebook and Tumblr.
I’ve been thinking a lot about anonymity online. Where does one draw the line? What is the cutoff between standing up for your rights and others, and keeping yourself safe? Where is the line between safety and cowardice? How far is too far–too anonymous, unnecessarily anonymous–and how do you know? Is it worth the effort if you’re never a target; but how do you know how far “they” will go? When does it go from annoyingly opinionated to dissent?
I don’t want to say that America is on its way to becoming a police state, but… Admittedly, that’s less of a concern for me personally. I highly doubt the government cares what I say to my less than 100 readers, as long as I don’t make threats.
But I have a job. I work for a company with a wide array of customers and people get fired over some of the things I’ve posted (and since deleted) on my Facebook page. That’s more along the lines of where my worry comes in.
Like, I hate nazis. And I can’t believe it, but that’s a controversial statement, these days. And I want that to not be a controversial statement, and I know the only way that’s going to happen is by standing up to people who say it is.
And I want to stand up to those people.
But I also want to be able to pay for school. Or save up for my future. Or not get blacklisted from my industry because there’s a video of Richard Spencer getting decked on my Facebook page.
What am I saying? I don’t know, I’m just kind of rambling aimlessly because I’m afraid of what my country is turning into.
I guess I’m saying maybe I need to back off from the politics, at least where my name and face is involved.
It will probably make me happier, at least.