Someone recently posted, somewhere online, a picture of me playing World of Warcraft while listening to a talk at the International Students for Liberty conference last weekend. It got quite a lot of attention, including, I am told, "over 5,000,000 click rate and 10k SHARE" in China.
My guess is that there are two things going on. One is that people who already know of my existence see this as evidence that I am a real person, not some academic off in outer space somewhere. The other is that people who have been told by their parents or other authority figures that playing WoW is a juvenile activity and a waste of time see the picture as evidence on their side of the argument.
My son Bill, having observed the phenomenon online, suggests that I ought to find some way of taking advantage of my temporary fame. His only idea was setting up an AMA on Reddit, something I might do if I can figure out how—I have done two AMA's in the past, but both were arranged by other people.
This post is an alternative approach. If lots of people are (briefly) looking at me, the obvious thing to do is to point them at things of mine that I would like them to read and that they might enjoy reading:
My web page
, with lots and lots of stuff on it, including links to the full text of several of my books and most of my articles.
The third edition of my first book, The Machinery of Freedom
. The hardcopy will be available shortly on Amazon).
, my second novel. (Kindle
. The hardcopy of that will also be available shortly on Amazon)
How to Milk an Almond, Stuff an Egg, and Armor a Turnip: A Thousand Years of Recipes
. Free pdf