These days, the creation of an alter ego over the internet is somewhat inevitable.
When I started blogging around four years ago, (which reminds me, I forgot to celebrate my BlogDay! Argh!) blogs provided the blogger with a very high sense of confidentiality. Not much were the internet users those days, and so you wouldn’t run into the danger of your boss suddenly reading about his mean behavior on your blog. Those days, ranting really means ranting. No holds barred, all-out, and indiscriminate. People didn’t care if they would hurt someone or cause some trouble because most of their readers were internet dwellers they didn’t know. Rare is the incidence of a coincidental visitor.
But these days, almost everybody’s on the net. Almost everyone have blogs, thanks to the rapid population (and popularity) growth of Livejournal, Blogger and even Friendster blogs. We bloggers do not anymore bask under the sweet sense of confidentiality that used to be so abundant. All because there is an inverse correlation with Bloggers’ Population and Confidentiality over the net. The more people accessing blogs, the more prone you are of getting hits from relatives or worse, from people you “bashed” or ranted upon online.
This rapid growth in “Netizens” has changed the landscape of Blogging–from its usual state of being an “escape” from reality and the freedom to say whatever you want, sans the counterpoints to a space in the net for everyday people, with abundant self-censorship and limited “freedom” to say whatever you want.
But then again, that’s a consequence of formalizing “blogs” as a mass communication medium.
So why all the talk about this? Let’s just say there’s an alter ego of mine lurking here, somewhere. ^__^