Wednesday, April 8, 2009

10.

"Tension is wonderful for making people laugh." -John Cleese

I think I encounter at least 10 awkward moments a day. I think that's due in part to the fact that I myself am an awkward person. I have no trouble admitting it. Someone once told me that the thing they loved about me was how comfortable I was with everyone. I still wonder what gave them that idea.

I've said it before, and I'll say it time and again: People frustrate me. Sometimes I wonder if I've unconsciously said or done something to provoke certain comments, because although I don't care for the person behind the words, the words are frustrating in themselves. And though I would normally laugh it off, being the observer I have learned to become, I think I am bothered because it makes me question my own actions more than I should.

When it comes to observing, I think the role which I described previously is more obvious than I'd like it to be. I believe I have successfully adopted the role of an outsider in situations where I would like the case to be otherwise. Though I am being used for my (inadequate, in my opinion) skills as a writer, it makes me wonder: Do journalists have friends?

I read an editorial which asked this same question. Befriending a journalist keeps people on their guard because a journalist never stops being a journalist. "Anything you say can and will be used against you." People are hesitant to share in case they end up quoted in writing. But why does that need to stop people from just wanting to be friends?

Yes, I am a journalist. No, I'm not looking to write a story about you. Or exploit you. Or sell your name to someone else. Maybe you're not that interesting, dude.

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