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2008 - Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Pages: 27 pages || Words: 7908 words || 
1. Heim, Kyle. "Fair Comment? The Ethics of Anonymous Postings on News Web Sites" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Marriott Downtown, Chicago, IL, Aug 06, 2008 Online <PDF>. 2020-02-29 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Many news Web sites now permit readers to post comments on blogs and news stories or to share their thoughts in message forums. Often, readers may do so without having to give their names. Defenders of anonymity say it fosters more candid discussion, but critics charge that it damages trust and encourages incivility. This paper examines the debate and draws on ethical theories to advocate a middle ground of pseudonymity coupled with full-name registration.

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