But there remains an element of blogging and Web commentary that drags down the quality of conversation like a rotted corpse clinging to the heroine's ankles in a Stephen King story. Too many anonymous posters are electronic piss ants, crawling through the virtual dregs of more honorable people's thoughts and efforts.
When I have something to say, on this page or while posting on a blog site, I use my name. Whether I am criticizing the mayor, applauding someone's effort or working through the aftermath of a personal life change, I stand in the open, for whatever roses or rotten tomatoes are tossed my way.
That's accountability. That's why newspapers generally eschew unnamed sources, and why no newspaper with an understanding of ethics and responsibility publishes anonymous commentary. Show me one that does, and I'll show you a reckless publication you should fear like you'd fear a loose cannon on deck during a hurricane.
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