I know… sounds like one of my weird dreams. But, no… Richard Armitage actually wrote a guest post on the Cybersmile Blog. It takes courage to open yourself in such a way, to put your thoughts out there to a huge audience. Perhaps more so when you put it out there in the wake of controversy and in your own name. I appreciate him for taking the time to compose a post, and I love to speculate about how much time it took him to compose it, and how many sentences he wrote, deleted, reworded… what’s your blogging process like, Richard? =)
I’ve read it through, twice. I’m still processing. It was not unlike some of my own posts- a bit meandering, but I think I can take away from it that the main idea he was previously hoping to convey was to think twice before you post on social media, particularly if you’re reacting to something that makes you angry or a topic that stirs feelings of hatred in you.
Several interesting items came up in this roundabout fashion of his.
– He deletes more than he sends. (We noticed, Richard!)
– He prefers what is said should be said using real names, rather than anonymously or using a pseudonym. (I assume he believes we’re more likely to think carefully about what we post if we can’t hide behind anonymity, and that is a valid point… but the fact that there are cyberbullies and other sick individuals out there who might seek to damage our reputations, businesses, families or even stalk us if they take exception to what we say online makes this a risky proposition!)
– He doesn’t believe words should necessarily be censored by others, but by those speaking or writing them (I agree!)
– He suggests an alternative outlet, such as an artistic outlet, for the negative energy that results in cyberbullying, or from cyberbullying. (Is that what you meant, Richard? I think that’s what you meant!)
Some food for thought there. (I admit I’m so fond of him I just enjoyed the novelty of him blogging.) I didn’t agree with everything he had to say, and again quite a bit of it was somewhat vague. Certainly once again some of it seemed to me to be a response to some of the questions and concerns many had after last week’s Cybersmile Interview. How much is he really watching? I’ll be curious to observe whether this just serves to stir the pot more, or if it will appease anyone who’s been upset or viewed the Cybersmile initiative as the “Cybersmile Debacle” but at the same time I’m a bit leary of venturing onto Twitter to see what may or may not be going on there today. =)
So I’m sticking to WordPress for the moment. Oh, and I think I’ll take Richard’s suggestion and check out “Catfish” (2010). It’s available on Amazon Instant Video.