Notes on the Atrocities Like a 100-watt radio station, broadcasting to the dozens...
Friday, February 28, 2003
Why Emma Beginning in about 2000, I began a pre-blog existence as Emma Goldman. I was frequenting the Atlantic Monthly's message boards, which was at the time infested with reactionary conservatives (I don't know if it still is). Tired of people looking at my name and jumping to a number of conclusions about who I was, I decided to use an obvious pseudonym. Randomly, I chose Emma Goldman--I might have chosen Che Guevara or Noam Chomsky. To my great surprise, people still made assumptions about me--in this case assuming I was female and Jewish.
When I started blogging in January of 2003, I carried the name over for the same reason, hoping to lure some of the Atlantic folks over. I've always felt that pseudonyms are good for the blogosphere--they encourage you to read what's written, not speculate about why they've been written. For everyone with a psued, I say bravo. As we approach the '04 elections and I become more directly involved in politics, this doesn't seem wholly kosher, though. So let me introduce myself:
Jeff Alworth The short bio I had posted for a nearly a year was wholly accurate: I was born in 1968, the year the U.S. elected Richard Nixon. The span of my life has coincided with a new age of conservatism: each year since 1968, the country has shifted a little further right. I live in Portland, Oregon, known to Republican administrations as "Little Beirut." With my little community of liberal idealists and periodic pints of very good beer, I have so far managed to stay off Prozac.
Notes on the Atrocities Long before I knew what blogs were, I kept a Microsoft Word document that I called "Notes on the Atrocities." It was, literally, a notebook of atrocities I was watching George Bush commit. ("Misdeeds" would have avoided unnecessary hyperbole, but I tend to pursue, rather than avoid, unnecessary hyperbole). So, when I learned about blogs, and then later learned they were free, I just started keeping the notebook online.