Friday, October 01, 2010


JSH: More on using Usenet, your Usenet persona

Usenet is a pure attention zone, but like any other attention zone in our modern world it requires thought and effort on how you proceed and yes, I've paid a lot of attention to the US entertainment industry, as that's what I grew up with, and it has a lot of language that is familiar to me, and one thing you need at some point is a persona.

So it's a role you play. You get out here and you post and you're posting from a role. It's not you. It's the role that works for you.

And the thing about that is it isn't something I think you can really have explained so much, or that there is a method that I know, though others may, I guess, but it is critical so I've kind of left it as one of the latter things I'd talk about when it comes to using Usenet, as you have to get to a place where you're saying, that's not me, that's a role.

But why?

Well for one thing you may have people ripping on you day and night. Insulting you every way they can imagine, but more importantly people aren't really interested in you.

There are about 6.8 billion people on this planet, who are you?

Your ideas are the driver, as I think I've shown, but a person has to be behind those ideas, but the person shouldn't get in their way.

Your ideas are the engines. If you put yourself out there then you may defend yourself at some point to the detriment of your ideas which are the only things that can pull you forward.

So your persona protects YOU.

Your ideas pull you forward.

But if you take things personally then you may get in the way of your ideas.

So it is like the entertainment industry in that respect in that to some extent what you can do, maybe can be said to be acting, but not really as you're just typing things that can be read by thousands of people around the world.

It's ideas first. People are secondary. Your goddamn personality is not important here—your persona is to some extent. Who you are deep inside is not relevant.

It is your ideas. Your math.

Nothing else ultimately will take you anywhere with Usenet as it is a pure attention zone and if your math is not up to the challenge then nothing else is going to do it.

But just don't get in the way of your ideas.

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