Today, conformity is king. Whether around the dinner table, at the office or on social media, the threat of social retribution compels us to toe the line. Water down your views here; sidestep the conversation there; virtue signal everywhere.
The machinery of enforcement is the same for liberals and conservatives, idealists and realists, believers and nonbelievers. Nonconformity is punishable by social isolation, doxxing, canceling, and careericide—all penalties doled out by the kangaroo court of public opinion that’s not concerned with good intentions or due process.
And the roots of similitude go deeper than what is socially enforced. Our hyper-personalized media consumption has transformed the town hall into a hall of mirrors: facts, positions and sentiments are curated for agreement—whatever doesn’t fit is distorted or thrown out. Belonging to a group now verges on accepting not just a badge of identity, but a wholesale reconstruction of reality.
Simply put: The rules of engagement for civil discourse are broken. We’re caught in a deadlock, with all sides incentivized to remain blind to—and often actively dismissive of—others.
Deep down, most of us recognize that the resulting groupthink is a farce. The human experience is far too uneven, varied and raw to be neatly corralled into party lines. In fact, things that defy categorization can often teach us the most. This is why we need a place for honest and open exploration of the human experience, free of assumptions and affiliations.
We believe that exposure to unfiltered experiences and beliefs ignites the productive discourse we need to move society forward. That’s why we created The Doe, a platform for select contributors to share personal experiences and opinions anonymously. Our mission is to fundamentally challenge the way people engage with ideas and each other, by providing access to unfiltered and honest perspectives that force us to confront our biases.
For our contributors, verified anonymity provides both protection and the freedom to share fully. For our readers and society as a whole, we hope the rich, complex and sometimes confronting stories that appear on The Doe will help restore open conversation and tough but productive dialogue to our cultural fabric.
Welcome to The Doe: Rooted in honesty, executed through anonymity.
We hope you engage with what you read here and see not only others—but yourself—in a new light.
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