Last week I was quite distressed to read that Harry Webb, otherwise known as @webofsubstance had deleted his entire Twitter account and blog. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not a close friend of Harry. I didn’t follow him and he didn’t follow me. However, I read all his posts and agreed with some of his views, not so much with others. What Harry did was make me think. He opened my mind to other solutions. He challenged the norm and widened the debate. The dictionary definition of anonymity is
‘an·o·nym·i·ty 1. The quality or state of being unknown or unacknowledged.’
In Harry’s case he wanted to be anonymous. He caused no trouble, only sought to widen the debate on education and make us all think.
In the past there have been anonymous accounts which have been vindictive, trouble making and often not in the best interests of education. These accounts are undesirable and are the ones that need ‘outing’ in reality. Not the ones like Harry’s. There is a huge difference between the two types of anonymous account.
It saddens me to think that someone was so close to revealing Harry’s identity that he felt it necessary to delete everything. If someone is truly working for the good of the students and to improve education, is it too much to ask that we respect their anonymity? I don’t think so.
I wish Harry well.