It’s Tough Being an Outlier

It's Tough Being an OutlierI was reading an article about social media and disinformation on the Atlantic. It made me realize that one of my challenges is that being an outlier is tough. Much harder than it used to be. Thanks to the weaponization of information in our post-truth civilization, telling my story is going to be a lot harder than it would be even ten years ago.

It gets worse the more you dig into it. I want to remain a private person, period. I’m not the only person who feels this way, check out this article about Jesse Eisenberg. He makes no bones about his desire for privacy and the emotional minefield of public interviews.

I also think this why Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, has no interest in publicity. Some creative people are simply happier when they’re left alone. I think I am one of them.

The question simply is, what is going to happen to me if Mesh goes big? That’s something I think a lot about. I’ve been cultivating my social media over the past several years in preparation for that moment. What scares me is how fast it could get away from me, despite my best intentions. Or worse yet, doesn’t because no one wants to read what I’ve written.

What I don’t want is to become the target of an online fight. I’m afraid of things like cancel culture. But how do I navigate those fears without giving up on my dreams? I’m studying others, figuring out what works for them, as I ponder all of these questions. Right now, I need to get back to Mesh, but wanted to jot these notes down while i was thinking of them.