There is a mean-spiritedness that comes from anonymity.
If they can hide their identity, people will say the most vile and inappropriate things.
Expressions, personal attacks and even words that someone would never allow to pass their lips flow freely from their fingertips when they sit behind a computer screen cloaked by a fictitious screen name.
In similar fashion, people will write unsigned letters and send them to the newspaper taking bold positions, lashing out at public officials and spewing venomous speech, but they would not dare take ownership of their own thoughts and words.
Historically, newspapers have done the right thing and simply discarded those unsigned letters, discounting anything that someone was not willing to put their name to.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of free speech for all citizens.
However, citizens have names