We know the media world is changing.
Traditional channels are coming to terms with the growth in blogging and social media. At best, the ways we communicate are increasing in number and perhaps that can help lead to a more aware and understanding world. Many of my readers know how entering this new world for many of us has led to less isolation and new opportunities for ourselves and our families.
However, one development I do not like writers and commentators who say controversial things in a way that I believe is only really aimed at self-promotion and the chasing of fame. Sadly it seems many of these are women.
If you are invited to give your view in a debate and you really believe what you are saying, fair enough.
However, it is not so very clever to come out with dramatic declarations just to get noticed.
Let me have a go to show just how easy it is …
“I go naked on the school run and so other mums hate me and won’t be my friend”
“Every blogger has serious mental health issues”
“People who do not buy their own home should not be allowed to have children and if they have children they should be taken away and placed in care”
That took me seconds. I don’t believe any of those statements but I imagine if I pitched well I might attract myself a little controversy and perhaps speed up my progress into the media spotlight.
However, I would lose my dignity and not have a very high opinion of myself.
It is not that tough to become famous these days. However, it is more important whether famous or not to be yourself and speak your truth.
I have purposely not named the women and so-called writers/journalists I am thinking of as I think when we do, we are doing exactly what they want us to do and I am not going to play that game.
Let’s kill this daft game by not naming them on our blogs and social networks.