There are days when we all feel like chucking it in. There have been a couple of occasions when I’ve basically thought that using a certain web site, dealing with a particular individual or organisation or even working for a specific client. But recently the media luvvies have been having a bad attack of stroppiness. A few weeks ago Lily Allen declared herself a ‘neo-Luddite‘ and disappeared herself from the online world. And tonight, Stephen Fry has announced he’s considering leaving Twitter. Given that he’s the ‘poster boy’ of that particular online service here in the UK, one has to wonder what has driven him to it.
Let’s think what could be behind it…
- He’s been the victim of a massive Twitter based attack, as was experienced by journalist Jan Moir after this article?
- He was outed as a raving heterosexual?
- He was subjected to an intense online bullying campaign?
- His privacy was violated and all sorts of personal information were posted online?
Sorry, but no. Apparently Mr Fry is contemplating quitting Twitter because, accoridng to the BBC:
The disagreement began when the other tweeter said “I admire and adore” Mr Fry, but that he found his tweets “a bit… boring… (sorry Stephen)”. That same tweeter later revealed that Mr Fry had blocked him as a result. [Stephen Fry] sent a message – or tweet – to the user with whom he fell out, saying: “You’ve convinced me. I’m obviously not good enough. I retire from Twitter henceforward. Bye everyone.”
What the Hell? Fry has said in The Guardian that he is still considering his position. I’m sorry, but this is a grown man who has been in the public eye for years, an author, an actor. And he takes his bat and ball home because one person out of 900-odd thousand followers on twitter dares to say ‘You’re a bit boring?’ He’s claiming that there is too much aggression and unkindness. Oh please, for…feck’s… sake. Whilst I appreciate his long battle with depression, there are lots of people who’ve suffered the same way and who manage to get through this nasty, aggressive and unkind world without the support systems and good will that Fry gets.
Sorry Stephen – time to take some advice that I was given when I was in my 20s. I received a bad review for a book I’d written. My publisher asked me whether the magazine had my name, the book title and the book ISBN correct. They had. My publisher then commented that folks would still buy the book if it appealed to them, and that very few reviews had massively negative impacts on sales – the advice was to simply read the review, take on board anything useful, then move on. And he was right; I sold books, learnt a little something and just got on with things.
Stephen – please – get a grip man and don’t throw a luvvie strop 2.0.