Should Blogs be Anonymous?

05/13/2005 08:57 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

St. Lawrence University is suing in federal court to find out who's behind a blog, "Take Back Our Campus!" that's critical of the university administration.

There's a trend developing here: Apple Computer has filed a similar lawsuit against Think Secret, an Apple-afficionado's website.

As a journalist, I'm not comfortable with the idea of people writing anonymously; it's easy to use that power simply to be vicious.

But I'm much more uncomfortable with the idea of lawsuits designed to force bloggers to disclose their identities-—especially when they're brought by (of all places) a university. And if a corporation or a university can do it, who's to say that the government won't be next?