Pseudonyms and the Overton window
September 25, 2013 § 39 Comments
Can a pseudonymous movement shift the Overton window?
I suspect that this experiment has already been run. The great majority of the Internet was pseudonymous before a twenty-something narcissist convinced a billion people to post all of the minute details of their lives and opinions on the public Internet under their real names. YouTube used to explicitly advise people not to use their real names on line; now they are pushing toward it becoming a requirement under the Google+ initiative. Heck, the Federalist Papers were written under a pseudonym, pushing the Overton window with musket-and-tricorne style.
So all you have to do to answer the question is ask yourself whether the Overton window is wider inside of Facebook or out in the blogosphere, where pseudonyms remain common, if not as pervasive as they once were.