VIKRAM, I KNOW I TEASE YOU TO THE POINT OF EXASPERATION AND BEYOND ON THIS MEDIUM AS A COMPANY…
Thomas R. Barton, JD
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Attribution and Affordance

Thomas, I’m glad you’ve taken a special interest in these matters. Much as other things, they are of great importance and near 0 consequence. I’ve mentioned before that I’m stoicist, not by platitude but by practicality.

Just as I was typing this I received an email by an Israeli company regarding an offer to advertise on Absurdist as well as Cuepoint and Nib. I would otherwise reply at length about their Arabian genie logo but it’s very late.

I have spent the last few days in West Philadelphia amongst artists, writers and activists. We’ve talked endlessly — both therapeutic and dialectical — about present day matters and there is so much contained between those terse verses. I have shed my soul here in Philly as I haven’t on Medium. They are not strangers but old friends that have known me before I knew myself.

I’m of the advaita tradition of non-duality, wherein, to know yourself is to know the world. You must understand why I have emphasized the point of attribution and affordance. It is perhaps a thing that does not itch others who have been afforded and attributed plenty. If I emphasize it, it is because the freedoms I seek are not found in growth hacking or thought leadership.

I want to be clear that I did not start Absurdist because I wished to reach an unlikely IPO. I do these things because I can but also because heterodoxy and a dialectical are important now as ever.

I wish you were here with me on my travels. These wonderful people I speak to — though never in all caps because these are discourses beyond score or screed — inform me so beautifully on pluralism. Imagine a gang of lesbians, queers and people of color visiting the largest free admissions amusement park just hours outside of Fracksville, PA.

All this is to ask a simple question. If Al Jazeera published a trending piece on Medium, who should media outlets cite? I only mean to raise the point of consistency and standards going forward though I am no journalist.

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