Tangled Webs

anonymity

O, what tangled worldwide webs we’ve woven!
The deceit we’ve practiced is an omen.
Technology that promised connection
has ushered in new waves of deception.

Online we can all be anonymous,
we can be dashing and mysterious,
we can adopt a new identity
with no basis in our reality.

Avatars and aliases, screen names,
second lives, pseudonyms, no one can blame.
We claim we are guarding our privacy,
but where is the accountability?

I read a post on cyberbullying,
the story of a promising young teen
tortured by anonymous posts online
she lost all hope, committed suicide.

How much betrayal started first online
through email, chat rooms, pornography sites,
marriages lost, relationships destroyed
by ventures in the anonymous void?

About stevenddorsey

I have been an avid writer for as long as I can remember. I enjoy composing poetry, lyrics, children's books and fiction for young adults. I have traveled the world extensively in my 25+ year career as an International Development professional and executive. I have lived in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. I speak Spanish and French. I married Rachel Miltimore in 1985. We have five children and five grandchildren. We currently live in Manassas, Virginia. We enjoy writing children's books together.
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