Word Porn for the Reader
A collection of three voices as told by Lisa Black, of the Chicago Tribune. I am one of those voices, and although I was more excited for the potential of the article, I am a bit disappointed at the sensational display.
When I was first speaking with Lisa in regards to this article, I had the understanding it may have had a more compassionate side to it with regard to the goal being more about educating and less… what’s the right adjective I am looking for here? Salient, Melodramatic, Scandalous, Shocking, Coarse? All of them perhaps? But, that’s not what grabs your attention and pulls you in to read an article does it?
I’m constantly weighing out and trying to get a feel for who is going to ‘get’ what you have to say and put it in the words you want and feel it should be relayed in. Without putting the Salacious Twist on the Headline or in the text body. Like an accident you don’t want to see but can’t help but look as you drive by.
Journalists are experts at using words as porn for the reader. The link below is another good example of it. This is one of the reasons I do not give interviews 98% of the time *Sigh* and UGH…
*I do want to clarify that I am Always grateful for Any exposure on Postpartum Mental Health Issues, especially when they are helpful in spreading awareness and educating. For me personally it just feels like when you end up agreeing to speak with someone and you share personal things with them (like perhaps the only photo you have of your two children together) and you very clearly state that. It would be more thoughtful and in better taste to have that as a caption underneath the picture. But that’s just me I guess.