Thursday, June 07, 2007

Blog Comments - Thick Skin
WKRN Blogger Quits

I was recently pondering whether or not to bring up a string of recent anonymous flames I had received in the comments of a few of my blog postings.

Then, when I read that WKRN TVs blogger Britney Gilbert has quit amid the firestorm of negative comments that she says she just wasn't prepared to handle, I thought I should say a little something.

In my case, the negative comments I recieved recently were pretty random but pointed, all seemingly from one person, meant to bash TV, photojournalists, and I guess, me. I could really care less. I'm just happy people are looking and I'm open to good conversation.

The comments said things like....(full text and links at end of post)

"Apparently there is very little news going on in the Triad because you all have time to BLOG all day long."

"I bet you're one of those "photojournalists" who try so hard, they produce themselves right out of a job because nobody can stand to be around you!"

"In a few years a college graduate who will be an intern at your station will take YOUR job using one of these cameras."

"Just think you started in 1993 and by 2013 you won't even clear 50 grand a year working 60plus hours a week making some ad. exec's BMW payment with your hide!"


I think it's funny that it's started out by proclaiming that I'd be out of a job in a few years by a college student with a handycam, yet, on the other hand, I'd be struggling in 2013 to clear 50 grand a year while working 60 hours a week. That cracks me up!

The anonymous nature of the internet, blog comments and back and forth banter and sharing of thoughts and ideas, people are bound to disagree or even bash. The anonymity of people at keyboards in the privacy of their own homes or offices give these anonymous, or even some non-anonymous, writers the feeling of power to say things that would never be uttered vocaly to an opponent in thought.

Some people just like to be mean, stupid, contridictary or just ignorant. And it's not as easy to use psycology on the internet like you can against the school yard bully, who, if you stand up to him, will back down and play nice.

What it boils down to is that if you are going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. Thick skin is mandatory. Brittney Gilbert realizes, and says in her final post, she knew this going in, but her skin just wouldn't toughen.

That's too bad.

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http://tvphotogblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/fire-in-neigborhood.html

At 9:48 PM, June 02, 2007, Anonymous said...
Yes you saved the day!! barf, barf,barf

At 10:24 PM, June 02, 2007, Anonymous said...
Great even your fuzzy friend has a blog. Apparently there is very little news going on in the Triad because you all have time to BLOG all day long. TV news sucks soon you will figure it out! Why do you try to glorify it? Get a real job you losers

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At 9:55 PM, June 02, 2007, Anonymous said...
Thanks for helping with the live shots you loser! Just think for for $21,000 you lost sleep making your company rich!! Barf,barf barf. I bet you're one of those "photojournalists" who try so hard, they produce themselves right out of a job because nobody can stand to be around you!

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At 10:07 PM, June 02, 2007, Anonymous said...
In a few years a college graduate who will be an intern at your station will take YOUR job using one of these cameras. Then she will edit her video on her laptop and send it to the station while the whole time she is having cocktails with your news director trying to get the Anchor position.

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At 10:17 PM, June 02, 2007, Anonymous said...
By the time your stepson gets into TV News, McDonalds will be the place to work because idiots like you try to glorify the job and are willing to do it for peanuts. Just think you started in 1993 and by 2013 you won't even clear 50 grand a year working 60plus hours a week making some ad. exec's BMW payment with your hide!

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