Where Has All the Anonymity Gone?


What are the cultural consequences of cell phone cameras, social media websites, and online photo hosts? The degradation of anonymity and an obscured understanding of privacy.

It’s shockingly simple to identify people on the web—whether to scorn them for an embarrassing moment or pinpoint the victim of political violence as an activist. This newfound publicity has its downfalls and benefits, and this blurred sense of public/private realms is a tension constantly making headlines. And can we only expect more of this in the future?

Sam Riley is an adult who works at McSweeney's. More from this author →