2006
07.30

I know you are probably wondering what happened to me last week. I’m sure you were chomping at the bit, waiting to react to my next diatribe of liberal banter. Well, I have a perfectly good explanation for my disappearance. A couple actually.

First, my life got in the way. But fear not, my friends. As my life becomes ever more entangled in the web of deceit, corruption and propaganda we call our government (at least under the current administration), TheDeadEnd will become an ever more important part of my life as a source of venting my concerns. Therefore, whether you like it or not, I’m going to be around for a long time.

Second, this happened.

This was completely unexpected. The loveliness of the internet allowed this reporter (a very good one, I might add) to randomly search and find me (of all people), and thus contact me to interview me for a story in the Washington Post about our current generation’s issues with maintaining privacy on the internet. It appears that this reporter has coined a new phrase (at least I’ve never heard of it) called publizen, and I have been identified as the epitome of this stereotype.

Here is his definition of a publizen:

Though publizens are all ages and both sexes, they are predominantly young — members of Generation Xtrovert. In varying degrees, publizens grow up, fall in love, choose a college, drink too much, do good deeds, experiment with drugs and sex and kinky hairstyles, sit for tattoos, create art, enter 12-step programs, get hitched, give birth, go to work, file for divorce, die and do just about everything else in public. They build Web sites, produce blogs and star in reality television shows. They use new technologies to live in plain sight and newer technologies — fancier phones, Web cams, and digital video programs — are being created so they can do just that. Publizens welcome the klieg lights — the glare, the heat, and the exposure.

I resemble those remarks! Well, actually, I don’t, and while the article is well written, and I was quoted correctly and fairly, I take issue with this definition and with the fact that I have been labeled the prototype. I’ve never experimented with a kinky hairstyle (unless shaving my head is kinky), I have no tattoos, I’m a horrible artist (and those of you who have seen my old website layouts would agree), I’ve never been in a 12-step program, never given birth (thankfully, that would be a miracle of science), haven’t filed for divorce (Christ, I’m not even married yet), and I don’t do just about everything in public. Nobody on the Internet has ever seen me naked (be thankful).

Maybe I’m taking it too literally…but here’s my point…does the rest of the world have us all wrong? Is this description of a stereotype really who we, the bloggers of the world, are?

  1. Most stereotypes are incorrect and unfair, like saying all hillbillies are incestuous, barefoot idiots and all hippies were druggies looking for free love. Not all bloggers are attention-seeking exhibitionists…
    Most stories/reports/whatever about the online world end up making me mad and/or offending me. Like when Oprah said that there was no way someone could have a webcam for innocent reasons – wtf? That’s another rant for another time :P
    I guess it’s good you were at least quoted accurately… but it stinks he tried to cram you into his stereotype. It seems to me like he should have found out whether or not you actually fit into it before he picked you as the poster boy.

  2. The thing is, everyone always lumps people into stereotypes, regardless of whether they do it on purpose or not.

    So call a girl with a cam on her site a camgirl, and you’re lumping her in with the girl who has a paysite where people see her bits and other whatnots, even if you don’t realize it.

  3. ah, he just wants to coin the next big word. Ever since “metrosexual” this guy’s been wandering around muttering “I could’ve thought of THAT” to himself.