The publishing world has a long history of authors using pseudonyms for various reasons, some of which fit into a modern context and some which were products of their time. For example, in the years prior to Women’s Suffrage, it was common for female authors to publish under a male pseudonym. Although this isn’t the case today, there are still plenty of good reasons why one would want to use an alias when publishing on the web.
Certainly the medium of the web is a completely different phenomenon from the printed page. Everything from the process of how articles are written, to the format of the content, to the expectations of the readers, it is completely different. Blog posts are shorter, use titles and headers to greater effect, have a self-referential aspect in their research, and are often written by amateur writers. The level of transparency and feedback on the web wasn’t possible with the old technologies, and it open up a whole new dimension to the whole thing.
One must also take into account the inherent anonymity of the web. Nowhere is this more apparent than in online forums and blogs where comments can quickly degrade into an immature argument. A new lexicon has emerged to describe these types of actions, such as flame wars and trolling. It’s no wonder that so many people feel a need to disconnect their online personas from their personal lives.
What follows is a list of some of the pros and cons of using an alias for your online persona. Please feel free to share your own thoughts in our comments section, but no trolling please!
Pros of Using an Online Alias and Persona
Cons of Using an Online Alias and Persona
An online alias and persona can be used to hide sinister objectives, which can end up damaging your offline reputation or even landing you in legal trouble.