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A blog about the ConvergeSouth blog conference in Greensboro, NC, October 8 2005

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Art of the Psued


I'm Cobb. No, I'm Boohab. No I'm Mellow Mike.

Actually, I'm none of these people and all of them. Why? Because I'm a cyber-person, an entity playing a role within the context of a project.

My real name is Michael DC Bowen, and I've been online in dozens of different places carrying on various roles in writing for almost two decades. I started back in the mid 80s pre-internet days at Xerox as myself, a young professional for which email was second nature. At some point, in those days of narrow bandwidth, it became apparent that all of my interests might not be considered an appropriate use of technology. Like most hackers (we all were back then), I used a pseudonym. This age old tool can be very useful in various ways.

As I have moved from interest to interest and online forum to online forum, I have done so with various contexts in mind. These days I'm a political cartoonist, essayist and I represent the 'Old School' of black culture and politics as a blogger. But even within the context of my single blog, I have one perspective as a cartoonist and another as a political advocate.

I also maintain a blog and a portal which deal with my professional career. Furthermore I post in a Progressive political forum. Sometimes I overlap, sometimes I don't.

I have found that putting yourself out there in public is something that can be scary and perplexing. It changes not only how you are able to present yourself, but how you feel about yourself as an artist or as a person. It is fascinating too, to look back at the various perspectives from which you have written in determining how you have changed. What kind of writing style should you adopt? How personally should you engage readers? Should you always say what you believe? How seriously should you take yourself?

Thinking about your involvement in the web as sort of an anthropological study is a useful thing. Let's do that.



At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Harry Potter said...

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At 4:31 PM, Blogger camileando said...

I agree with you respect how to face the web, which me should I expose? should I speak as I do every day, or should I take a chance and explore other aspects of my self, using other languages?

But, unlike you, I´m just starting my self in the world of the least as a creater. And it was conforting for me to know that these questions I have respect of how to present my self are not only present in me because of my inexpertise.

Well, that´s it.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger HanktheDog said...

I agree that identity becomes a tricky thing online. I've been thinking about whether this is a new phenomenon or just one has become more palpable via the Net.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger ScribesUnlimited said...

I'm pleased that some people who meet online still have the temerity and courage to get together somehow in person and dispel all doubts that each other are not "real people". That's how I fell in love, and I encourage anyone who has a love "online", sight unseen, should REALLY consider a meeting as soon as possible. If it's NOT possible anytime soon, don't waste your time. You'll be much happier and it's apparently not meant to be.

Scribes Unlimited

At 1:47 PM, Blogger The Pagan Temple said...

You're the first person I've run into on the web that seems to like to experiment with style and characters the way I do. Unfortunately, when you carry it to the extent I do, you're sometimes accussed of being a troll. Hang in there man.

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Mike Campbell said...

I like your blog. I am from the GSO area myself. I would like to make you aware of my blog.
I will be woking on this project to try and get laws passed in all 50 states to have a next of kin notification law. Please consider reading my blog and linking to it.
Thank you Mike Campbell

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