There are many reasons for those that are now using an avatar on the Internet, the most common one is fear of being identified. Having a face displayed for millions to see makes a person uncomfortable. Some people that use avatars believe that they are homely and would prefer that their faces be hidden. Others prefer to stay anonymous for a variety of reasons, but few do it for the sake of creating an objective atmosphere for their readership. I doubt that there is any successful writer in the media that displays an avatar as an identity unless it is backed up with a profile.
I think it would be better for the country if the presidential candidates were represented by avatars. In that way only what was said would be important. Their speeches could be heard over a device that would disguise the sound of their real voice. In no way would they be allowed to disclose their background or social status. Even a homeless person could become the president if he had something important to say. If this method of electing a president was put into law we surely would have a talented man leading our nation.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But that picture can hide the importance of what a thousand written words are saying. A face can be deceiving because it rarely offers us the time to understand what is behind it. Written words can be examined and analyzed for the quality of its content. The benefit of the avatar is that it can help focus the attention of readers on what is being said. The avatar also destroys the narrowness of the groupie who is blind to what is written by those outside their group. An avatar has no race or religion, it is completely neutral. Future writers on the Internet might be required to use an avatar. It is needed in times where facial imagery has replaced words.
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