“A mask tells us more than a face.” – Oscar Wilde.
I want to talk about pseudonyms. I know many people dislike the use of them, and believe they stand for dishonesty, but I disagree.
It’s said that each of us has at least three faces: our real one, the one that we show to all the people around us and the one we think we possess. I for one, totally agree with that. I have often written poetry and prose based on this theory alone.
Pseudonyms are used for a variety of reasons, by a medley of people. Book writers, bloggers, musicians, actors; they all use them. In today’s world there is more need than ever of protecting ones’ true identity. Identity theft is on the rise, and with more and more people turning to the tech age, I do not see it decreasing anytime soon. There are those who believe if you are using a fake name that you have something to hide. I say what of it? Maybe you are protecting your family and friends by remaining anonymous through the use of a pseudonym.. maybe you like having a personal blog where you can let off steam and vent after a hard days work and don’t want your boss firing you for using inappropriate language or ideals. I’ve even heard horror stories of women who used their real names being targeted and harassed, sexually or otherwise by people whose ‘cheese had slid off their crackers’. The blogosphere is replete with hateful commentary and opinions. If you are going to use your real name, you better have some thick ass skin.
I use pseudonyms; in fact I have several; role-playing ones, old blogging ones, social site ones. You may even see me post poems, and prose here, from a site that I had previously posted it on. Only once did I attempt using my real name and I regretted it for months after. It is not something I care to repeat. I believe there is a time and a place for using ones real identity, and that the choice should be purely left up the individual. I do not believe that any social site should have the right to enforce REAL NAMES, the way that Facebook and Google+ have started doing. That of course, is strictly my opinion.
How about all of you? Do you blog under your real name or under a pseudonym?