I have discovered that LinkedIn is an amazing new absurdist medium for creative expression.
I started to realize the potential of LinkedIn as Artist’s Medium in February, 2014, when I retired from Wall Street. After updating my end-date for my old job, on a whim I added a new position:
MY NEW LINKEDIN POSITION ENTERED FEBRUARY, 2014:
Company: Rat Race
Dates: July, 1968 – February, 2014.
I was just having fun. I didn’t expect anything to happen. Who looks at anything anyone writes on their LinkedIn profile anyway? The modal message is, “See how great I am.” That is only slightly less annoying than Facebook, where everyone is screaming “Look at me (and what I ate for lunch).” Yuck.
But after I officially retired as Rat from The Rat Race I immediately began receiving the most charming notes from people. I reconnected with some people I hadn’t talked to in a long time and made some new friends.
It was wonderful for a while, But, then it died down.
Then I added a new entry called Human at Human Race, that runs from October, 1952, to present.
I got a new flurry of new messages, and it was all good again.