April 2, 2010 3:00 AM

Commentary: Anonymity and our baser instincts

It must have seemed like a great idea at the time. There was this new medium, the Internet, and newspapers were posting stories on it, and someone decided to create a forum where readers could discuss and debate what they just read. It must have seemed an inspiration kissed by the spirit of Jefferson: a free public space where each of us could have his or her say.

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