Thursday, May 22, 2014
"Say yes", sometimes (and not "yeth")
Once a journalist, always a journalist. Once a blogger, likewise. And especially, once a pundit, always one. You can never jump ship and become a huckster. Since you can't pimp partisan candidate, it's pretty hard to run for office yourself and expect people to raise money for you.
That all means you can’t drop everything and join someone’s particular agenda, no matter how much public sympathy it generates.
But to sell yourself to others, if for no other reason, you have to walk in other people’s shoes, at least sometimes. You have to become good at things. You have to be able to just “say yes” sometimes. (I have a different take on that line than when requested by Shane Lyons in “Judas Kiss”.) You have to give back, at least if you ever got something without earning it (most of us did), because morality demands it (and so does social stability). It’s the emotion that is difficult, and the idea of openness to relationships that demand more complementarity and less affiliation.
I think the speech by Navy Seal William H. McCraven for commencement at the University of Texas is “food thought”. Why “making you bed” is important, why the little things are important, why life isn’t fair, why we need resilience, Scott Stump’s coverage in USA Today here.
So where am I in progress toward my “Breakpoint” (May 8). I’ve got the “Angels” novel to do. Some of that has to do with dealing how much each of the two protagonist characters know, an how they learned it. Some of it deals with how much is “true” for the reality layer of the novel, and how much is “inception” from the character Bill’s subnovels. I still need to work up the "big two" remaining screenplays, and map out a "final exam" autobiographical video. This all should be done by the end of June.
All journalists know that they have to protect their integrity, and avoid being drawn into supporting specific causes that don't represent the scope of their work, requiring objectivity. I wonder what is said about this behind closed doors in the established press, including gay press. "Amateur" journalists may find even more difficulty defending their independence when challenged by others who want to exploit their lack of gatekeepers. There are lines that can't be crossed. For example. to pick an extreme, worst-case example, no journalist could take advantage of a witness protection program if ever threatened.