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Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

Conflict

2017

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Identity-Related Information Asymmetry: Exploring Responses To The “Faceless Other”, Connor Bildfell Oct 2017

Identity-Related Information Asymmetry: Exploring Responses To The “Faceless Other”, Connor Bildfell

Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal

This paper will explore the following core question: What are the various ways in which a known subject may respond to the “faceless other,” and how do we navigate and explain that choice? I will proceed as follows: Parts I and II synthesize the literature on identity and anonymity in conflicts. Part I focuses on understanding the behavior of the “faceless other”, and Part II examines theories as to how the subject responds to the “faceless other.” In Part III, I argue that, when faced with IRIA, we typically adopt one of five common (though often ill-advised) responses. These are …