What The Heck Is This Thing, Anyway?; or, An Invitation

Hello, Internet. It's me, Hamilton. I will make this as short as I know how.

I run this poorly named site with the intention of making it something of a bastion for long-thought. On one hand, it's an act of conscious rebellion against a soundbite culture and the sham Social Media (etc.) has made of opinion. On the other hand, it's a monument to a poorly suppressed understanding of my own narcissism. I still don't know how to draw the line between "something I think is needed" and "something I think." Behind every (rightly or wrongly) assumed guise of objective reasoning sits a human who wrote it who has bias and preconceived ideas of "the way things should be."

We have a small team of writers who contribute, but as it stands the CBC is less the thinktank we'd like it to be and more a collection of sometimes-contrarian, wordy opinion. We take great interest in watching conversation happen and following where public interest lies (and, as a result, where it is directed away from--whether intentionally or otherwise), and we enjoy thinking about the things that we're told. 

In the name of transparency, we have mild traffic, at best. We average around 30-50 hits a day when nothing new is posted and somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 on days when things are (assuming we promote it "correctly"). Sometimes we feel like we talk into a void; other times, something will seem a sapling of virality.

This past week, the Internet lost its mind, and it has gotten us thinking about the kind of place we want this to be: more the aforementioned rebellion against twitter-thought and less the wordy ramblings of just some dudes on the Internet. This may just be spoken into the void, but we here at the CBC think that now is as good a time as any to form it into the thing we'd like it to be.

If there is one thing that we are not lacking in the Internet Age, it is opinion and people dying to express it. We have hit a lull in putting out articles lately simply because the holiday season is rather busy and we're a really small team. So we've made the decision to put out a "casting call" of sorts. 

If you are reading this, you may be the type that doesn't mind developing an idea over the course of an article. We are looking for people willing to engage with mainstream culture, politics, religion, technology, and entertainment in ways that encourage thought about them, regardless of your political, religious, or cultural stance. 

Today it is more crucial than ever that a resurgence of robust thinking returns to the public sphere, so the qualifications for consideration are remarkably slim: 

  • Express a decent proficiency in writing. 
  • Dig for the "why" rather than simply the "what". We are not journalists, we are thinkers. 
  • Be comfortable with having your writing edited. It will not be censored on the grounds of content, rather bolstered to ensure the logic of the piece is unobstructed. 
  • Write in your wheelhouse. If you lean towards criticism, do that. If you lean toward wit, use it. Philosophy? Be our guest. Further: If you have experience in web design or social media and want something to tinker with, you are more than welcome to contact us and lend a hand (because we are, frankly, not great at either of these). 

That's essentially it. We want a community of voices to reflect the myriad opinions festering behind a universal desire to be heard--and heard now. There will be a contact form at the bottom of this post for any and all interested. You will be responded to promptly. 

Thank you for your time and your continued attention. This is a small operation, but one that we feel strongly about--not so much for what it is, but for what it could be. 

Sincerely,
Hamilton and the CBC staff.

 

P.S. Included are some examples of essays and articles that we admire, either for your reference or entertainment. These do not necessarily represent the style we attempt to emulate, but rather the spirit behind their formation and defense of a thesis.

 

Bad Enough to be True: The Art of Kanye West

The Rise and Fall of Silk Road (link to pt.2 in the article)

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F#@k (language warning. obviously.)

How Half of America Lost Its Mind (previous warning)

Have You Ever Tried To Sell a Diamond?

Art of the Steal: On the Trail of the World's Most Ingenious Thief

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Hamilton Barber

The subject of this page is an introverted writer/musician/lunatic from Chattanooga, TN who dabbles in lexical dexterity, unorthodox thoughts on prosperity, and being overwhelmingly undeserving of the privilege of waking up every day. He hopes that everybody who reads these words takes them to heart and leaps higher than he ever could. He reads, thinks, and speaks too much; he listens, works, and loves too little; and he says “I” entirely too often. The words on these pages are not his: they are the words that were given to him.