From the October 2010 magazine.


In a world where privacy is at a premium, where does anonymity fit in, especially for members of Alcoholics Anonymous? Indeed, to "civilians," the notion must seem almost quaint, but within the Fellowship, anonymity has never had more relevance and is a hotly debated topic at forums, roundups and the Conference itself. There is no doubt that the internet is a powerful tool for connecting AAs, and you have to wonder that Bill W. would have made of social media.

This month's stories grapple with the many ways that the urgency of anonymity touches our lives. In "Anonymity on the Internet," a member offers suggestions for navigating the web. "Life and Death" looks at the importance of the right to anonymity, even after an AA dies. On a more personal level, a pastor discovers too late the drawbacks of breaking his anonymity in "From the Pulpit."


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