for too long, the debate about online discussion has been about the commenters. We need to move away from pointing the finger at pseudonyms or anonymity as the sole problem, because it’s not. Instead the debate needs to shift to what kinds of online communities we are creating because I’m a firm believer that if we build better online communities, we will have better discussions. In fact, I think Beowulf actually said it best when quizzed about his pivotal role in the monetary system debate: “You say it was my idea, [but] it was a group of people — it was really a group thing… It’s fascinating that I can have a bull session with people all over the country.
There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results.