Ladies and Gentlemen, May I Have Your Attention?

Posted: May 3, 2010 in 1-2-3 eyes on me
With so many theories swarming around @unmaskd I feel obligated to deny or confirm at least some of them. At least occasionally. So far I’ve been mostly in denial mode. No, I’m not this person… No I’m not that celeb… No, I’m not that dude you slept with last month… At the same time I’ve been confirming some theories. Yes, I’m a beagle, playing with his human’s keyboard (and inspired by this). Yes, I’m The Riddler (the benevolent kind). Yes, I’m Frasier in hiding and I’m listening…

But now I’d like to step out of the joking mode and in absolute seriousness confirm one conclusion that has been tweeted around more than once recently. It is not about my identity. But it is about my goals, at least about one of them. Twitter is full of shrewd people, so it comes as no surprise to anyone that a few smart folks have already observed the following: “That @unmaskd is looking for attention!” Somehow it didn’t sound too positive, which is I’m writing this post.

I confess, I am looking for attention. And not for anyone’s attention. For your attention. And so is everyone else. Any writer who has ever written a line, any actor who has played a part in any show, any producer, any poet, any reporter, any news anchor, any company, any non-profit… So does a firefighter who is shouting “Leave the building!”, so does any politician, any teacher, any preacher, anyone and everyone who has something to tell to others. They are all looking for attention. You are looking for attention, otherwise you would not have ended up on Twitter. Because looking for attention is as human as breathing. Except, some need attention of a couple of people, while others want the entire world to listen to them.

Attention is our social currency. It is your social capital. And like any capital is limited. There’s only as much attention you can give to anyone and anything. Which is why everyone wants it. It is your attention that creates or destroys a star. It is your attention that solves a social problem or creates a social disaster. It is your attention that makes the world whatever it is.

So yes, I do want your attention. Now that we got that out of the way, you will probably ask, why I want it. Well, to find an answer to that question, you may have to stick around and decide for yourself.
  1. Jolanda van Ammers says:

    hear, hear


  2. Philmcrkin says:

    Isn’t the need to connect w others innate and assumed in almost all of us? It’s a human need to want attention. Your presence gives richer meaning to me as learning from an unbound creative person than, say, developing faulty postulates on your agenda. And pardon me for having a little fun w it, too. I think a lot of us are doing just that. I hope that you don’t let negativity dissuade you from sticking around.

    The need to be heard on your need for attention is the all one in the same, by the way, which makes this more than a little amusing. Not you, the stating of the obvious that you want others’ attention, is amusing. The only difference is those comments come with different masks.


  3. Dawn says:

    I think we should call whoever tweeted that you were looking for attention “Captain Obvious.” That is sort of the point of social networking, isn’t it? You don’t need Twitter to talk to yourself after all. 😉


  4. psychicsarah says:

    Mm Just thinking…’wanting attention’ implies being in a proactive but receptive state, primed to take from those willing to give. It is really a ‘look at me’/ performer complex.

    BUT…me thinks Twitter is more complex than this. It is about connectivity, sharing and (hopefully) caring.

    You seem to me to want ‘connectivity’ & ‘interactivity’…Two dynamic desires which are completely removed from banging the drum & saying ‘here I am whoop-de-doop’!!!


    • candymom+ says:

      Sarah! Thank You for Saying It So ~Perfectly~! I Totally “AGREE!” Thank You, Unmasked, for Being You/ Your Willingness to Allow Me/All; to Be a Part of this Awesome Journey of Life!/LOVE Love+Peace Always, candymom+


  5. GeaniG says:

    so silly that we sometimes have to state the obvious. Dear John Doe you have my attention and I’m not going to ask why you want it,I’m just gonna give it to you for a while. Trust x


  6. candymom+ says:

    I Feel (at home)Comfortable Being Here…Don’t Know How?Why?What?, I Got Here; but Do Know, I am~Suppose to Be Here~…..Thank You for Allowing Me/All to Be a Part of this Awesome Journey………….of Life/Love! Love+Peace Always candymom+


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