Here is what I have been thinking about:
New media is all about transparency. In every corner of the blogosphere, those who aren’t open about who they are and what their intentions are are slapped for being “fake.”
Except among milbloggers.
I understand the reason that milbloggers choose to stay anonymous. They don’t want to get in trouble. In their minds, they are doing nothing wrong. What they are publishing on their blog is their personal opinion, and in their own time, in their own space. On his own time, a Soldier is allowed to have his own beliefs and opinions, right?
The thing is that when you blog, you push that opinion in the public square. It is open for everyone — no longer on your own time and in your own space.
I’m all for freedom of speech. I think everyone should have it, including servicemembers. But how do you balance free speech with the need for good order and discipline? And is it fair for Soldiers to hide their identities online so they don’t face consequences of their voiced opinions?
What are your thoughts?