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Imagine what would happen if they were pretty determined, and sent it to your workplace, your church, your parents, et cetera. It’s bizarre that we treat Twitter as a private place, when literally everything that happens there is visible to every human being on Earth.

Maybe you committed a crime someone can find on a public crime database, or maybe you said something perfectly innocent which can be twisted into a sinister “dog whistle” out of context.

My own story – some antipsychiatry crackpot decided to target me, went through a couple of posts I’d written defending the practice of involuntary psych commitment in certain cases, and took a few statements out of context to make it look like I thought we should lock up all mentally ill people and throw away the key.

All the Reason columnist did was retweet it and add some commentary about how she hopes he becomes un-hire-able. It’s not even divulging a secret; the guy said it on his public Twitter.

Is it really so wrong to do what’s basically just signal-boosting his comment?

But don’t let the fact that it’s bizarre make you think it isn’t important.

How many of us can say, honestly, that we could bear the Panopticon?

A recent spat on Twitter, which I won’t link: some guy using his real name tweeted an offensive joke about how women should make sandwiches at a group of women.

A feminist columnist with tens of thousands of followers retweeted with the comment “This is a young man who ostensibly wants a job someday, tweeting at professional women in his field under his own name…RT to help ensure [REAL NAME]’s prospective employers know this when they search for [REAL NAME]’s name”.

Likewise, the goal of being pro-free-speech isn’t to make a really liberal-sounding law code.

It’s to create a society where it’s actually possible to hold dissenting opinions, where ideas really do get judged by merit rather than by who’s powerful enough to shut down whom.

Maybe you were stupid enough to admit you were gay or trans under something traceable to your real identity.