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Letters

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Letter 013 - Joseph "Sepp" Blatter

Christopher Bartley

Dear Sepp, There's only so much research I can do on a person to get a sense of their character. What's worse is trying to do that through the lens and screen of mainstream media. You might have done diabolical dealings and made some public errors (interrupting a moment of silence for Nelson Mandela wasn't your best of moments), but who hasn't made mistakes, right?

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Letter 012 - On Shame Reversal

Christopher Bartley

My Fellow Antiheroes!

It has been such a long time since I've added any new content to this site. Where have I been?! Well, after my idea of writing personal letters to other antiheroes, I started buckling down and focusing on graduating from school. I spent most of waking hours devoted to writing my research paper for the production project related to this antihero initiative.

Good news: I graduated! And I also took on a full-time position at one of the major non-profits in NYC because it related to this work. I never thought I'd see the day where I'd choose full-time employment by another company. This work, however, is closely related to the idea of shame, as I now assist individuals with mental illness reenter the workforce.

The work also led me to reflect on how shame creates mental illness for many of us antiheroes. So I decided to apply to NYU's EDCT doctoral program to further my research. Speaking of research, I wanted you to see what took up so much of my time last year. I believe this document is just the beginning of the antiheroic research and discoveries to be made in the future.

Until I get a computer (after graduation, I gave mine away to another student who needed one), I won't be able to publish new PDFs or ebooks to the Books page or make any edits to any pages for that matter. So here are the Dropbox links below for my preliminary research on shame reversal. Hope you find it useful.

Reversing Shame: PDF Download

Reversing Shame: ePub Download

Here's to a fertile antiheroic year.

-bxrtley

Letter 011 - Personal Letters

Christopher Bartley

It's been a while since you've gotten a written piece from me. Over the last couple weeks I delved into podcasting, image-rich posting (i.e., Instagram) and finding where the shaming conversation already is via Twitter. I still want our site to be a quiet space for restoration. Sidebars, landing pages and pricing tables have their place, but not in the personal reflection areas of our cabin—like the Library, Radio, and these Letters.

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Letter 010 - Radio

Christopher Bartley

You might’ve noticed I’ve been spending more time on the new Radio page lately. Guess what I found out? The Radio and Tools pages have been the most visited over the past week! This might suggest you’re more engaged with the audio media.

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Letter 009 - Civic Pivot

Christopher Bartley

Last week's Civic Hacknight was awesome. It was a catalyst for the next major pivot Antihero NYC is about to make. The first big shift was changing from a content marketing platform to a design-oriented one. It aligns with Antihero's evolved philosophy and new research.

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Letter 008 - End Game

Christopher Bartley

I want you to know there's an endgame to this social venture. It's to motivate you to motivate others who've also suffered from shame. And together I want us to tackle one of the most extreme forms of public humiliation, which is chronic homelessness.

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Letter 007 - Graduation

Christopher Bartley

It's taken me almost 7 years to complete my Masters degree. That's almost a decade. Most of the delay was from my shaming experience. The rest was perfectionism. And if I'm honest with myself, my perfectionism is a subconscious effort to avoid shame. Just the anticipation of shame, let alone the humiliation experience itself, can slow down much progress in my life.

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Letter 006 - Fundraising

Christopher Bartley

My philosophy has recently taught me a few lessons about an F-word I thought I'd never do again: Fundraising. Ugh. "Development" sounds much more sophisticated, but let's call it what it is. A handout. And I'm not a fan of sticking out my hand with nothin' in it.

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Letter 005 - Transparency

Christopher Bartley

I'm still struggling to write these letters because they're about me and not some personal development concept you can find on the Library page. I have to trust you. But I also have to be appropriate in my level of transparency. It's a delicate balance, but I think it's necessary. You need to hear from someone who's not just conquered shame once and for all, but has to battle it every single day and hopefully win. I'm a recovering villain. And a "recovering villain" is an antihero.

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Letter 004 - Anti-Blog Posts

Christopher Bartley

I had a hard time writing new letters to you, because I kept "blogifying" them. I wanted to repackage my old blog posts so that nothing was wasted. But the last "letter" came out as nothing but a recycled post wedged between a salutation and signature. I couldn't write another one until I gave up the old way of doing things.

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