30th Dec2003

Googling Myself

by Will

You ever think you’re more important than you really are? I felt that way until recently. At Cornell, I was “Will West: A Cappella Star”. In college, that’s a big deal. At least, to the percentage of people who don’t think a cappella’s “gay”. Anyway, I thought I was big shit and that was enough to keep depression @ bay. Now, I’m not in those circles anymore, so I’m scraping the barrels for recognition and attention. Well, I googled myself yesterday, and boy were the results disappointing.

First of all, out of 719 results, I only found about 5 references to “Will West” that pertained to me. The others were about World-renowned Gay Porn Star Cowboy Will West. He now occupies willwest.com and willwest.net. His motto is “How the West Was Hung”.

Of the 5 mentioning me, they were either Cornell Daily Sun articles where I sound like a complete tool, or they’re….nah, they’re all pretty much Cornell Daily Sun articles.

“William West” simply turns up a bunch of info on some murderer from the turn of the century. Apparently he was somewhat of a Jack the Ripper character. Anyway, he occupies a lot of space on the WWW.

“William Bruce West” yields 5 results but, luckily, they’re all about me. Regardless, they, too, are CDS articles and an entry from my study abroad program which incorrectly lists my e-mail address. I’ve wondered why I never heard from any of those kids, and it’s because they’re e-mailing “lbwg@cornell.edu”. I’m no CS major, but with my knowledge of Cornell’s e-mail network, I know that address doesn’t even exist. Now they’re all these nice people in middle America who prolly think I put the wrong address just to blow them off. Or not. Why am I so paranoid?!!!

So, if I were to die tomorrow, that’s the legacy I leave behind. People will either believe me to have been a notorious turn of the century murderer or a gay, leather-lovin’ cowboy who, apparently, is QUITE popular on the gay porn circuit. Sure there are the news articles, but people’ll just think that the murderer/porn star did those interviews while he was in college.