From now on, Just Up The Pike will no longer allow anonymous commenting. The Blogger software allows you to put your name (or an alias) down when you comment, so I hope people with thoughtful, relevant things to say will do so. Any anonymous comments made after 12 midnight August 9, 2006 will be deleted.
I seriously dislike the direction this year's election has taken. People making insults at myself and others, racist comments, or just out-and-out lying from behind the shield of anonymity make it only worse. I may say things that people don't like, but at least I am willing to put my name on them.
Bravo! I'm willing to argue that blogs have increased the bitterness and partisanship in politics simply because it is such an anonymous medium. As useful as they are to get information to people, they suffer from a vitrolic battle behind the shroud of anonymity.
Yes, let's all speak up and say who we are! Blogging (expect for you, Just Up the Pike! :-) ) scares me. People are beginning to consider it "gospel" (whether they are right, left or center) when it's really just one person's opinion. I think we all deserve to know who is saying what.
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