Yeah, while I agree with the OP, the dilution of Anon was as inevitable as the popularization of the internet itself. Remember in the days of geocities and angelfire and all that shit that most people online were smart enough/too scared to attention whore all over the net? There were repurcussions for that shit back then, now it's not only encouraged, but one of the biggest sites on the web is dedicated to it, with mothers, grandparents, and nubs who know nothing about our culture, pasting their ugly faces all over it. It's the same with forums and other parts of the net.
Back then, even non-Anon had a bit of Anon in them without even knowing it. There were unwritten rules, and even though drama existed, most people followed them and weren't boring faggots.
And that's the jist of it. It's like the childish vapid bullshit of the TV-watching world back then are all on the internet now. Even back in the nerdnet days, you were almost guaranteed that whoever you were talking to had something to say or something in common with you and that were pretty intelligent.
I don't know, man. I found it easier to make friends online back then (some of whom I still know). People used MSN if they wanted to talk and have a laugh all night. Now, no-one uses it. And if they do use something like it (Skype, Facebook), they're doing a million different things online and IRL.
That's another thing. Online life was SEPARATE from offline life, and it was better that way. Now every single fucker is a namefag almost everywhere.
I DON'T WANNA KNOW WHO YOU FUCKING ARE. Where's the anonymity, where what a person had to say was more important? Nowdays, if you wanna remain anonymous, you're the weirdo. That's what the net was for, you fucking idiots.
I hate this shit, really. I read on the news today that "Anonymous is going to release the names of some alleged Canadian rapists". Old Anon wouldn't give a cunt about that shit. Anon is dead to me now, for the most part.