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How far Should Anonymity of University Community Sites be Allowed?

Yugyeong: Anonymous guarantees of freedom of expression. However, there are some people who talk without responsibility, getting behind such anonymity. If any postings on a university community site, which has limited space online but can have huge far-reaching effects and cause somebody harm, then we cannot ensure anonymity and have to ensure responsibility to a post by properly using our real name.

Aruem: Since the university community is operated based on anonymity, anonymity should be applied to all postings regardless of the contents of the text.

Jumi: I go along with Aruem because I also think the reason the university community site operates so well is anonymity. If we mention a real name, we probably can’t open our heart clearly about some problems that we feel or think. I believe that anonymous issues should be done like today, as we raise the benefits of anonymity rather than the damage we see in the irresponsible postings of the people concerned.

Suyeon: People are reluctant to express themselves. Therefore, I consider it a positive to be anonymous. I believe that the problem of cyber-bullying caused by anonymity is an individual personality problem. As these communities increase a lot, I wish that individuals would be cautious and the nation also has to take care of educating about proper personal responsibilities.

Cheoljoo: I’m favorable to the issue of anonymity on the university community site because of the fact that the benefits of anonymity are greater than the dysfunctions of anonymity like Jumi said. However, anonymity can be varied depending on the person who uses it. The Internet community has been released only for a few years, so I think it takes time for people to receive personality education. Although anonymity is also necessary, I consider that the adverse effects of anonymity will diminish gradually if individual mind their manners.

Bugeun: I suppose writing some words with anonymity on the community site means that people can avoid responsibility. Therefore, we have to partly preserve anonymity on certain kinds of articles and partly not. When anonymous, it is important to manage some postings. Administrators should be neutral to filter posts on specific standards that is more publicized and reasonable, rather than depending on personal feelings or criteria.

Junyoung: There are many advantages to anonymity on the university community site. For example, a posting about the fact that one freshman in the school of Urban and Civil Engineering had been sexually harassed during freshman orientation recently was uploaded on our school’s Bamboo Groves which is one of the universities famous community sites. If the university community sites were not based on anonymity, these posts maybe would not be revealed. Thus, I believe anonymity has a good function, however there are many posts that leave much to be desired to figure out all the facts of uploaded anonymous posting.


Hyejin: As a student of the College of Business Administration, I want to lay out a problem about the College of Business Administration Freshman Orientation. That issue was controversial on Bamboo’s Grove and Everytime, that is also a famous community site for university students. I believe that such a problem is raised due to anonymity. As the controversy had intensified, there was a place to come up with complaints but no one came. I think that there is a need for anonymity in this case. However, when I look at the hidden camera case, we may be able to write down the real names of those who deserve social abuses.

Minkyung: I believe basically that anonymity is essential. As mentioned earlier, such incidents would require anonymity to help people express themselves, because such issues have not been raised without anonymity. However, I think we should have our real name on the postings which have the purpose to spread false information or blame certain people and can be abused.


Junhwan: I think a real name is necessary when writing an unconditional slandering of character to the specific departments of college or people. Because there are people who write without evidence. If so, I believe innocent people suffer a lot. Especially a small group or department of college. I consider that the real-name system is really necessary on postings filled with slanderous words.

Jiwon: I think people are basically indifferent to others. The impersonality to communicate with society is reflected in modern society, and I consider, as the society becomes immature, the lack of human beings to move beyond this impersonality has increased. As such, social immaturity is visualized on violence based anonymity, we can’t deal with unreasonableness, violence, and indifference in the real world by filtering some anonymous postings. Thus, some texts which slander someone and are immoral may be not fundamentally resolved by simply controlling anonymity.

Choi Yugyeong  pretty0467@naver.com

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