In case you were wondering, the name of my blog was inspired from the ending of The Tell-Tale Heart, a short story by Edgar Allan Poe (watch it here if you’re a visual person and/or the basic layout of the Project Gutenberg website puts you off).
I know I’m supposed to write something about myself here. I’m not going to do it, though. Yes, I know that the web 2.0 is all about getting social, networking, “building your brand” and basically going by your own real name. I don’t care – I refuse to disclose my identity. Especially when this time I am going to draw fully from the tank of memory and feeling in the attempt to write honest, personal posts. I remain a strong supporter of anonymity. Poe wrote:
If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize at one effort the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own — the road to immortal renown lies straight, open, and unencumbered before him. All that he has to do is to write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple — a few plain words — “My Heart Laid Bare.” But — this little book must be true to its title.
But how could it be possible to stay faithful to this principle, when one is worried all the time about privacy? In my case, this is much better achieved under a pseudonym. I still want to share my thoughts and ideas – or I wouldn’t be talking part in the Writing 101 challenge at WordPress – but at the same time I want to be tracked, profiled, marketised, orwellised as little as possible.
Also, I invoke the right to oblivion. As of today, I have nothing to hide. But who knows if the things I’m writing now, will in the future be seen by me as harmless as they are today? What if I, for instance, completely change my opinions and no longer want to be associated with them? What if I don’t want my face to be automatically identified by any surveillance camera, through photo recognition software? Once you’ve posted or entered something on the internet, it’s carved in stone. That piece of information is stored in a server somewhere and deleting stuff from social media profiles is just an illusion. Even with the recent Judgement of the European Court of Justice, the procedure for removal of an individual’s name form the results of a web search has too many restrictions and will probably be so complicated that it looks like it was made to discourage users from requesting deletion of information regarding them.
Maybe one day I’ll turn this into a personal blog with my photo and all sort of details about my life and even a resume, but I really don’t feel like doing it now. I’ll let my thoughts define who I am.