Twitter anonymity fosters stupidity

Posted on Nov 8 2013 - 12:22pm by Carl Case

With the increasing popularity of the social media platform known as Twitter, we’ve seen a growth in use of the term “anon,” which is simply short for anonymous (just covering all of my bases here). We’ve seen countless accounts that wish to show us how to dress in a “classy” manner, how to be a gent, how to misuse the word “parody” in order to gain followers, and on, and on, and on.

Sure, these accounts sound like a good idea at the time, but when you use them to cover up the fact that you have virtually no followers on your personal account and your personality is about as stale as that Taco Bell quesadilla you left on your counter last Friday night, then you kind of run your good idea into the ground.

First, let’s address the issue of these kids (almost always high schoolers) who think they’re personifying the South because of their “classy” dress. No, you mixing a button-down Polo and a bow tie doesn’t mean you have style or class. It simply means you are unoriginal and mimic everything you see other accounts do in order to achieve Twitter celebrity and validate your low self-esteem.

As far as having class goes, how are your tweets about sweet tea and bow ties letting me know you are classy? I need to see receipts and proof. Most of these accounts never even offer us a “pic slip,” or, in everyday language, a picture letting us know we aren’t being catfished. Who wants to keep up with a spoiled brat whose mother and father buys all of their semi-expensive clothes (supposedly)? “Not I,” said the cat.

Another trend in anonymous accounts are those who seek to mimic the success of Ole Miss Problems. I personally know the person behind this account, and I think they do a great job at the whole “anonymous tweeting game.”

Having an anonymous Twitter account doesn’t give you the right to attack others with your trashy comments and lack of common sense. Last year, I had the misfortune of being pulled into a Twitter feud with some anonymous account that used the Grove for followers, and their lack of wit and logic almost dumbfounded me. Mostly anyone who runs some type of douchebag account like this has the IQ of a goat, I’m convinced.

If you run an anonymous Twitter account and you don’t have the guts to insult and attack people on your personal account, please spare us the pain of looking at your stupidity broadcasted across the Internet. I don’t need an anonymous Twitter to call anyone out on their stupidity, and neither should you. Before you create an anonymous Twitter in the hopes of having your poor grammar and terrible advice retweeted across the Twittersphere, don’t.

Carl Case is a senior psychology and Spanish double major from Brookhaven.