Back to index

The copyright situation for this article is unclear. It does not belong to the author of this site. Please see the copyright notice. If you have information about the copyright contact me!

Anonymity at its best

by Anonymous

I like being anonymous. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I like how an online medium lets me be who I want, when I want, how I want, with anyone I want.

I like making you think I'm Fred from Farnhamville, Iowa. I like making you think I'm Sandy from San Jose, California. I like that you think I'm a girl, I'm a boy, I'm a frog.

I like playing with your mind.



I am a mudder. I am anyone you know. I am everyone you know. I am nobody. I creep into your bedroom at night, glowing from your screen in brightly colored text. I am Allison from Alice Springs. I am Penny from Perth.

Oh, I may seem harmless enough. I may provide pictures, and a background, lots of supporting text to prove who I am. Anything can be downloaded! Anything can be used! I can't stop myself, I like flittering through your life. I am a zero. I am a one.

I infiltrate your community. One minute I am there, the next minute I have moved on. You may or may not notice me. I whisper in your ear when you least expect it.

I am eighteen. I am twenty-three. I am thirty-four with a family of my own.

I am twelve. I am forty-six. I am a grandfather with seventeen grandchildren.

I am Sam. Sam I am.

Why should I not lie to you? Why should I care who you are, or about your life? Why should I be your pillow, your sounding board? Why should I be your psychiatrist? Your priest?

Tell me why? I have no degree. I have a Ph.D. Prove I don't! Prove I do!

Don't trust me. Don't love me. I am nothing, and never have been. I can be honest, but why should I be?

Do I understand you? No, probably not. Who are you? You are me! Prove you aren't! Prove you are!

I laugh at you when you cry. I cry when you laugh at me. I hide behind a mirror that you can't see through. You hide behind a mirror, that I can't see.

I wear this cloak on purpose. I like hiding.

You don't know who I am. I like it that way.