“Be the change you want to see in the world.” A personal blog in response to the social media frenzy.

11 thoughts on ““Be the change you want to see in the world.” A personal blog in response to the social media frenzy.”

  1. Great article. I completely agree – “news” and “media” today are all about how many facebook followers you have and whether or not you have reported the same event hundreds of others have reported. It’s not about facilitating a real discuss or even about adding your own opinion anymore. I for one, really appreciated your post and your thoughts on changing what a Halloween costume can mean.

    Be sure to post pics of your cat costume!


    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Ashley! I really appreciate it too! Definitely, online journalism has become based on Facebook shares, Twitter counts, and sharing the same article other outlets wrote. I’ll love to see pictures of your Halloween costume too! <3

  2. I went to see the movie “Contagion” recently and the role of social media and professional journalists was utterly fascinating. As I watched the movie, I had many of the reactions you describe. Thanks for the reminder of Gandhi’s wisdom. I hope you have a delightful Halloween!

    1. Thanks, Debra! I want to see that movie! I haven’t had the chance to see it yet. Thanks for your comment! Have a delightful Halloween too <3

  3. Interesting points, Melissa. I am glad to have found your blog on Freshly Pressed, as you seem like a really thoughtful person, again evidenced by this post. It is refreshing to find your writing and you have a very genuine response to the sudden rush of interest to your blog. I am sorry to hear that the interest has been accompanied by some negative folks as well; don’t be disheartened by the folks that are hiding behind their computers to vocalize their racist thoughts. There is a lot of ignorance in this world and it is really hard to share your voice and risk the bullying that people who are insecure and uncertain of their own identities revert to when they feel threatened by something. Keep using your voice and handling yourself with the dignity you have thus far displayed and you’ll keep some loyal readers who appreciate what you have to say.

    1. Thank you Pamela! I’m very touched by your support. Thank you for allowing me to see a different viewpoint. There is a lot of ignorance in the world, and it is really hard to share your opinion. I felt even more abashed when the Daily Mail in UK cut my quote and said, “she had to disable her comments because of ‘rude, racist people.” It made me feel like the journalist was blaming me, saying I was too sensitive and that I mistakenly called people that. But, unfortunately, there are a lot of them who are out there. Thanks for comment, because I really, really appreciate it! <3

  4. Hi Melissa, been following your blog since the poster campaign post. Thank you for sharing it, it is truly and important message! And I’m glad I found your blog cause you truly have wonderful things to share.

    Have a great Halloween! Miauuu!

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