Monday, April 19, 2010

'Nother reason why anonymity on the web has to go

Phillip Henscher discovers that the "reviewer" called "The Historian" who praised the works of one historian of Russia, Orlando Figes, and dismissed those of his rivals... is Orlando Figes's wife. The real point, he observes, is why Amazon allows anonymity in the first place.

(I follow lots of leads, including this one, from the amazing American history blog Cliopatra and particularly Ralph Luker's posts there -- too many, it seems, to credit them every time. I'm reminded to make acknowledgment because they just h/t'ed me.)

Update, April 22: It gets nastier, and lawyers tell newspapers to shut up.
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