I hate having a Populist approach to my own expression.
Take for example the news coverage from my local states newspapers:
Herald Sun: ‘TV’s Golden Boy’ (front page and subsequent 4 pages covering a television awards program that had aired the night before)
Several things in this paper were also covered, politics, taxes, sports, number scorings for dresses women had worn to the event, a 1 and a half inch article that covered the story of 400 prisoners escaping from a pakistani prison after a taliban-led raid as well as an assortment of other topics + ads.
The logic behind it is sound, when you run a paper, you hope to make a profit, when you need to make profit in a paper, you aim to get the most viewers to look at your paper and subsequently the advertisements you’ve put into that paper. I personally have no problem with the logies and the fact that it was an upset win DID pique my interest. I picked up the paper, i read the report.
But to have to decide, every single day, what stories will make the cut in the next mornings paper? To actively skim over stories of international importance that might have less immediacy in favour of pandering to those who stop reading your paper if you didn’t? It appalls me, but even more so, it scares me because i understand why one might do it and i do it myself.
So now what does that mean about my tumblr? About your tumblr? Your facebook, your texts, your emails, your words of encouragement, your words of hate, your statements on your music tastes? How much of what you post and write and describe, how much of what you say is dictated by what you think someone is thinking about you? A Lot? A little bit?
I like to think that my tumblr is non-controversial, inoffensive, acceptable, accessible. But thats boring isn’t it? No, lets step outside of that box as well; by classifying myself, i have already fallen prey to
self-censorship. Most times, we feel fine with this, our social skills demand this of us to some degree in our everyday lives but consider just how much it pre-determines your will and maybe, you can start wrestling with how two-faced you can be. It’s great fun.
(and yes, that IS supposed to be offensive, boo to you populism)