Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I'm Coming Out
Hi. I'm Brian.
Most of the people who read this blog probably already know that, which is one of the reasons I've decided to give up my "secret identity" of "Cinephile" that I've been posting under for lo, these many months. I initially adopted it for purposes of anonymity (I think, when you begin blogging, there's some comfort in hiding behind a mask and working the kinks out under an assumed name), but also because I liked the idea of a fluid online identity, one which was me-but-not-me, which created new characters, not so much out of fear, as a desire for playfulness.
I still like that idea, and still think it's an interesting creative/theoretical strategy. And, like Spider-Man's secret ID, "Cinephile" may sometimes still pop up here (I think Jeff (forgive me if I'm misremembering, Jeff) once referred to online pseudonyms as a George Clinton-like play with fake names). But for now, since this blog now feels more like "me," anyway, it seemed like a good time to pull the mask off.