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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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6 Responses

  1. Saul Degraw says:

    Rosey Blair did apologize and it was seemingly heartfelt from what I have read.

    I think this is not only a problem of social media but because traditional media also seems desperate for content. It would be bad enough if it was just viral but the story made it to GMA and Today. The male participant was only too happy to go along with the circus and build his brand.

    Rosey Blair was trying to be savvy and build her brand as well.Report

    • Jesse in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      Yup. In a world where the pipeline to actual good media jobs are locked away with unpaid internships that only the children of the rich can afford to take, people are going to use social media as a platform to get noticed.

      I mean, it’s just as possible this all became a positive (like the viral Twitter thread about a movie plot with a bunch of famous women becoming thiefs that ended up with the Twitterer getting a script deal ,Ana Duvernay rewtweeing it, etc.) and it’s lauded as the positive side of social media.Report

      • Saul Degraw in reply to Jesse says:

        Well she considered herself an actor, comedian and writer, these were always careers that needed hustle.

        But it is more of an “amusing ourselves to death” kind of thing. Internet media and now regular media are a 24-7 thing and they always need new content. Hence “people made these witty remarks on twitter” articles which can be produced quickly and cheaply.

        Plus we always have it open at work.Report

      • Oscar Gordon in reply to Jesse says:

        Using social media to get noticed isn’t a problem. It’s doing so at another person’s expense, especially when that other person did not consent to being part of the display.Report

    • LeeEsq in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      Morning shows like GMA and Today were always built on frothy, supposedly feel good stories and segments like PlaneBae. Its what their audience wants along with some things they scold over, recipes, celebrity gossip, and some musical performances. Social media just gives them a deeper mine to get frothy feel good human interest stories.Report

  2. Damon says:

    I’m reading the text of the article and thinking….the writer is a woman. How many males, not in media “groom” their profiles and all that crap? I’d wager few. SM is primary a chic thing. I recently got back from a kick ass vacation with the girlfriend. I don’t know what she’d have done with out wifi. She was posting pictures of herself, that she had made me take, and pictures of what we saw, on Facebook. EVERYBODY loved it. She was on her tablet constantly when we had downtime.

    Dear god…what a frickin was of time.Report