I suppose I began my crush (everyone calls it a love affair, so I thought I’d mix it up) on the media when I thought of it as a means of expression. A way for each individual to broadcast their ideas and opinions. With the onset of social media tools, this crush I suppose has evolved into more than that.
So imagine my dissapointment when Sally Field’s emmy speech was cut off by Fox network as she drew attention to the war. So I know this is old news in the blogosphere, but I have been dwelling on it for a while.
Why in a day when there are so many issues that people are passionate and opinionated about, would a major television network silence those powerful thoughts? Simply because they do not reflect their own?
As I begin this little adventure I recognize that my thoughts and opinions may not always align with others but I have the brilliant and wonderful opportunity to share them.
Filed under Media, Personal
Rumors that 14 year old Disney star Miley Cyrus is pregnant circulated around radio waves bright and early this morning. The radio program, Matty in the Morning, had assistants frantically trying to confirm these rumors. Once upon a time, when a rumor needed to be verified, contacts at print publications like US Weekly were on speed dial. Yet, this morning the contact that was bombarded with phone calls and email was none other than the most notorious blogger.Listeners were assured that all efforts were being made to contact Perez Hilton to solve the mystery of the alleged pregnancy. Kerry, a member of the Matty in the Morning team, proudly stated that she had Perez Hilton’s cell phone number and another team member was simultaneously flooding Perez’s inbox with inquiries.
A brief post on Perez’s blog quelled the rapid rumor and put it to rest. But one thing remains true – a shift became apparent this morning when traditional media turned to social media for news and content. The blogger used to generate content by scouring magazines and gossip columns in newspapers but now Perez Hilton, the king of gossip, has emerged the ultimate source of Hollywood chatter.
When I decided to blog, it honestly was an excuse to write. To entertain that side of me that wanted to be an author or a journalist. I sat down to write every evening and after weeks of staring blankly at the word press “edit your post”, I gave up. Until it occurred to me that when I wrote feverishly in my faded, ratty journal I never stalled or balked. So what was different? The idea of opening up my thoughts and mindless musings to the general public – to co-workers, neighbors, my boyfriend’s family – anyone who could judge and critique.
And it took me until today to really appreciate that idea. That by offering myself to people to judge, I was also sharing tid bits that some may find entertaining and others well… won’t. And this is the wonder and the beauty of the social web.