Comment 59837

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted February 16, 2011 at 07:12:45 in reply to Comment 59836

Or to put it another way, if an invisible man writes a paragraph on your whiteboard at a meeting, he might have a point. Even if he also leaves with the silverware.

Several years ago, I forwarded an essay to a colleague. They dismissed what the person was saying because of the writer's reputation in an entirely different area. They insisted on throwing the baby out with the bath water. No matter that what had been written was brilliantly insightful. So sometimes anonymity has its strengths. To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan, 'The message is the message.'

I do believe there are several issues at play with this whole 'anonymity' discussion. Two are this fixation on 'verifiability', and civility. In the example Undustrial cites, both of these are brought into play.

Although I'd be inclined to re-word it as "...writes a stunningly brilliant paragraph on your whiteboard, leaving everyone gobsmacked...and then he farts up a storm as he exits." : )

Comment edited by mystoneycreek on 2011-02-16 07:16:02

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