M-Community December 2015 Edition
For those of you just joining us, Happy New Year!
Hope you are having a great 2016 so far!
Some of you may have been on Medium for quite awhile now, while others have perhaps joined as recently as the past few days. I have decided to start a series called M-Community, sharing some stories of what is going on, in the underbelly of M itself. If you can think of a better title (or concept for that matter) than M-Community, I am all ears.
I’m hoping I not only practice my writing by doing this exercise, but also adequately describe the kinds of shit that has been going down, in posts, the comments section, and offline as well. I also hope this ‘update idea’ generates other anecdotes that may be unfolding, perhaps further facilitating a sense of community on Medium.
December 2015 started off fairly phallically, actually, with many premature writers such as myself realizing I will have to put in longer hours to run with the big dogs.
The competition was fairly stiff, as thousand of articles swam around the site, hoping to be the right match for someone’s tastes. Some resorted to formulaic devices, erecting redundant top ten lists in hopes of being masters of click baiting.
Others wrote from the heart, and other bloody parts.
Many writers delivered adequate to outstanding posts and it would not be premature to say that many readers expressed satisfaction, sometimes simultaneously.
Feel free to post any of your favorites that did not get much air time, including your own, in the comments section.
The controversy of the month began when one astute fellow noticed a discrepancy, and had the balls (or gender neutral equivalent) to write an article about his observation.
Kamil , clearly thinking with the correct head, noticed similarities in essays written by Yann and CamMi, regarding their respective posts about ‘Sucking’ (paraphiliaphrased). Terms such as borrowing and plagiarism waltzed in the air, as matchmakers tried to seduce one of the parties to fess up. Without firm evidence, however, the debate of which post came first and which one just faked it, went back and forth, numerous times.
In the end, just as the jury was about to consider itself fairly hung, a vital seed of evidence was offered (Please see Kamil’s update for a more technical description).
Keyser ‘CamMi’ Soze’s twist in the end was less in her leg, and more in how she explains life to herself.
She attempts to remind us that ‘all ideas’ have been borrowed over time, so writing will never equate to first come first served. Rather, it will always be recycled, and the game becomes more about marketing and exposure instead.
Her premise is that life is just a huge one-night-stand of recycled ideas.
And maybe it is.
I guess we all try our best to find the balance between our inner sense of talent, as well as need for exposure. Personally, I would like to think that at some point I create something truly unique, and that CamMi is wrong, but on other days the short cuts can seem too appealing.
Anyhoo, that wraps up M-Community for December, tune in next time, for an early January edition, rehashing intellectualized ideals, meta-grooming, as well as what it means to be virtuous.
Please Recommend if you enjoyed this article, or peruse another one and convince yourself to follow my writing. I will probably also follow yours, unless your first name rhymes with fender.
Simon Trepel, MD
Simon Trepel, MD FRCPC, is a practicing Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, in Winnipeg, Canada. He is an Assistant Professor, at the University Of Manitoba, in the Faculty of Medicine, and the Co-founder of the GDAAY Clinic. He is, more importantly, the proud Father of 2 beautiful Daughters. He writes in his spare time about things he knows something about, and occasionally about things he doesn’t; like Yoga, and Italian flavored coffees. He was not referring to coffee that tastes like an Italian person.
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