I actually believe the juggling comunity lacks anonymity. Jugglers usually watch a lot of videos, and they end up going to juggling conventions where they meet jugglers they had previously seen, and other jugglers have seen your work as well, and you have friends who are friends with jugglers from all around the world, so there’s a big chance you’ll end up at a dinner table with many of those guys. So I would say it’s kind a hard to go incognito.
According to 99% of youtube, facebook and reddit comments, all juggling videos and tricks are “awesome”, “cool” stuff" and "my chin has hit the ground"
According to my private conversations with jugglers, there’s much more discusion and criticism around the jugglers we like and dislike, and the reasons we have to not be very fond to a particular juggler or video.
If I, for instance, respect Wes Peden’s work (he seem’s like a total pro, and his skills are way beyhond my reach); I believe “Throw Joy” was the absolute best juggling video I’ve ever loved the most, but honestly, the “Gumball bonus tricks” video sucks!!! There was only one trick I liked.
Can I comment it and state my reasons on the network??
The answer is yes, but I would probably be labeled as Pedantic or Troll, be seen as envious, and my juggling skills would probably be seen less appealing, following the decrease of my social status.
Nowadays we can’t afford to be politically incorrect (or I would even say truly sincere) at any moment due to the fact that we have to manage carefully our social status and keep it up high.
I believe a little bit of anonymity would bring some bitterswetness and reallife emotions into the otherwise sterile social networks comments…