“Today authorship and authority have become inextricably linked, and literature without a responsible agent identified is like an artifact that turns up in the saleroom lacking a decent provenance. Both anonymity and pseudonymity have become suspect behavior.” - Pat Rogers, New Literary History 33.2 (2002)
anonymous: not identified by name; of unknown name. (Oxford English Dictionary)
In 1995, The U.S. Supreme Court issued a benchmark ruling on anonymous publishing. McIntrye v. Ohio Elections Commission held that an Ohio ban on anonymous campaign literature was unconstitutional. Justice Scalia and Justice Rehnquist dissented. Writing on the case, Scalia argued that anonymity and accountability are antithetical: that anonymity “facilitates wrong by eliminating accountability.”...