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The Proof Is in the Punctum, Which Makes Peregrinations Over Time
Back when young people still paid attention to MySpace, I used to regale my students with stories of how I once had long talks about abstruse topics, such as the implications of post-structuralist thought for Marxism, with Tom Anderson, everyone's first friend on the site. Some of them actually believed the rumors that his identity was fabricated. I corrected them, noting that he had sent me a message back when he was first starting MySpace, urging me to participate. Despite my protestations to the contrary, however, I think a lot of them thought I was pulling their leg, if not about Tom, then about the fact that I had mentored him in cultural theory.

Anyway, I was going through my Pictures of the Moment album today, trying to boost my sagging morale by remembering how many good shots I've taken, when I came upon this image, obviously not my own work, that I posted once in an entry about my experiences with the graduate-student union at UC Berkeley and, further, as evidence that I had once sported locks capable of inspiring near dread, if not dread itself:

As I studied the image, suffused with nostalgia for Telegraph and Bancroft, not to mention the camaraderie of the picket line, I realized that the dark-haired man standing behind me, to the right of the balaclava-clad Kevin Cook, is Tom Anderson. So now you have proof not only that I was once a long hair, but that I also consorted with a pioneer of social networking. Take that Barack Obama, with your tenuous connections to the Weathermen. I will accept payment of respect in credits at Insound or, failing that, Amazon. Please e-mail me if you have any questions about the amount due.

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From: ext_136530 Date: January 13th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You were always such a happy picketer. And, if my cousins and their friends--and the students a few k-12 teachers I know work with--are any indication, young people still use MySpace a lot. Just not the ones we get to see in college.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 13th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I guess so. The college crowd still maintains MySpace and even Live Journal connections. But, as I learned in my New Media class last summer, they tend to identify those older sites with high school and even junior high school to such an extent that visiting them makes them feel strange and often bad, as if they were returning to their old school without having let a sufficient number of years pass.
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 14th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I have to agree. And the hat seems to have been introduced from a third image.

Nice to hear from you, BTW. I came across a shot from that wedding the other day and spotted your Converse.
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 16th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Those pills never work.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 14th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's Ford Maverick is what that is! --jdm
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 14th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you! How was it, getting your teach on?
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 19th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The best part is that I managed to tell the truth as if it were fiction. It's almost as good as being mistaken for a right-winger!
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