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Letter 004 - Anti-Blog Posts

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Letter 004 - Anti-Blog Posts

Christopher Bartley

Antero,

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.

You need more than just useful content. You're not here for personal development techniques alone. You've come for personal connection. I think the subheadings and bullet points remove that chance to bond. It invites you to skim instead of reading slowly, deeply. These aren't crafted for you to take "on the go", because when you finally enter the woods there's no where else to run. It's quiet. Still. Almost timeless.

By the way, the first likability factor from the last letter is Race.

It's the most obvious. And we unconsciously attribute skin color to ethnicity and cultural stereotypes, which is unfortunate. Most antiheros in mass media are Caucasian. Omar Little was absent from that list of 28 popular antiheroes. But there were no black antiheroes on the list at all.

Come to think of it, most of my favorite fictional antiheroes are white. I think all of them are. But even my observation of there being no black antiheroes on the list of 28 fulfills the very stereotype I deemed "unfortunate". It's almost inescapable. We do it without thinking.

What if Walter White was a Walter Black? Instead of a meth lab it was coke and diabetes was the inciting incident, rather than cancer. And what if Walter's not a chemistry teacher, but a local barber? Think of every racially prejudiced role, activity and situation and put Walter Black in it.

What do you see? A simple-minded criminal who's a product of the ghetto? A complex character who espouses heroic attributes in a misguided fashion? A trickster? A yes-man?

The other two likability factors are power and fantasy. I might get around to describing them in our letters to each other, but maybe that's what the library is for. This should be more of an informal expression of thoughts and feelings than structured pedagogy. When you come here to read you should first see a man, not a master.

Yours,

bxrtley