I’ve learned a lot from blogging


I’ve learned a lot from blogging, because it’s both a good BS filter and a good nuance adder. Not many people read my blog, but I know they could. And while that makes me avoid a few topics that I might mention in a personal journal, there aren’t really that many. As long as I stay spontaneous and don’t worry about trying to impress (not hard when few are reading), then the fact that someone could read this helps keep me honest and moderate.

And that feeds back into my everyday thinking. If I can’t stand by it in public, why believe it in private?

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  1. According to Scott Ginsberg, “The Nametag Guy”,

    Philip Zimbardo […] wanted to see how physical anonymity lessened inhibitions. He dressed New York women in white coats and hoods. They were asked to give electric shocks to unknown patients.

    Of course, the shocks weren’t real, but the fake nurses didn’t know that.

    What’s amazing is that only half of the nurses were given name tags for their lab coats. But the women who didn’t wear name tags actually held the shock button twice as long as the ones who did.

    Interesting. Would you inflict pain on a stranger if she couldn’t read your name?

    Sign your work.

    Be assertive with your identity.

    Give people the priceless gift of security by letting them know whom they’re dealing with.

    Otherwise you retreat into depersonalization and namelessness. You take less responsibility for what you do and say. And civility goes out the window.

    As technology accelerates, as population increases and as face-to-face interaction decreases, the temptation to engage from a place of anonymity is greater than ever before.

    See also https://blogbrut.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/surveillance-vs-morality/ .

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