Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Anonymity behind the net is easier said than done.
I enjoyed Article III Groupie's blog, Underneath Their Robes. It was a gossip site about federal judges -- not normally my cup of tea, but useful as a resource when considering/speculating as to appellate and supreme court nominees. The blog has now disappeared, and Article III Groupie's identity revealed.
The lesson from this is twofold. First, you can never be totally anonymous, even on the internet. Don't do or say anything you wouldn't be willing to do or say directly to your audience.
Second, be wary of what personal information people divulge on the internet. You see, while Article III groupie specifically adopted a feminine web persona, "she" is actually a "he" -- David Lat, a 30 year old assistant U.S. attorney in Newark.
I wonder how many law nerds (you know, the guys who thought staying in the library until closing every night of the week so they could actually read each day's cases before class) had their fantasies crushed by this, err, expose?