Who was that masked man?

Does knowing  nothing more about who is behind a statement than the words a person uses to express themselves make online pronouncements more or less reliable?

On one hand, not knowing anything about who is blogging or tweating beyond the sometimes very limited information about themselves that they choose to make known to you is a good thing. It forces the ideas expressed to stand or fall on their own merit, without bias or prejudgments about who is stating them.

On the other hand, if I know nothing about whether the more-or-less anonymous author has any relevent knowledge, expertise or background, how do I know if his or her well intentioned advice is credible? Particularly, if the post is highly critical, I have no clues as to any particular biases or agenda they bring to the issue. 

Read more in my guest blog on ASAE’s Acronym: “There are no ribbons in cyberspace.”

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About Mark J. Golden, FASAE, CAE
Mark J. Golden, FASAE, CAE, is Executive Director of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior CEO roles include a nearly fourteen-year tenure as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), Vienna, Virginia. Before joining NCRA staff , he spent eight years with the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA), Washington, D.C. He also spent 12 years with the Association of Telemessaging Services International (ATSI), Alexandria, Virginia Long active in the association community, Mr. Golden is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Association Leadership, a past Vice Chairman of the ASAE Board of Directors, past Chair of the Center for Association Leadership’s Research Committee, and past member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce's Association Committee of 100. He is the 2011 recipient of the American Society of Association Executive's Key Award, the highest honor ASAE bestows, to "honor the association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association, and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole.”

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