The death of two people last week has got you talking – and some of you making comparisons between the two.
When the Iranian protests began, we spent 7 of the next 8 days discussing the issue on-air, and here on the blog.
When Michael Jackson died, it was a huge story (i realise that’s a massive understatement ) but for some of you it wasn’t worth spending any time on.
It’s worth reminding some of the newer members of the WHYS community what we’re all about :
* we reflect conversations taking place around the world, we don’t decide an agenda based on our own whims. If you’re talking about it, then so are we.
* that means we have to take a view based on a number of criteria : and by all of those, Michael Jackson’s death was the clear winner – a “no brainer” as some people would say…
Now, that doesn’t mean everyone wanted to talk about him, or even had time for the man, in which case Friday’s wasn’t the programme for you. Just as many of the Iranian programmes have been criticised for “focussing on one country to the exclusion of all others” and “distorting the news agenda”.
What i do resent is the notion that talking about someone like Michael Jackson isn’t worth anything, that it’s somehow beneath people who only fill their heads with really IMPORTANT things and have no time for anything that isn’t deadly serious and complicated.
We aren’t the programme for those people then. Our community has a broad agenda and – usually – broad minds. They accept that not every day we’ll be talking about the specific interest they have but we soon we will be, and maybe what we’re talking about will interest them after all.
Oh, and while i’m on my soapbox : ESSAYS. You’re sending us a lot of them. We like conversations, not speeches. Please think about that before you send your tract; it won’t get posted.
That’s not “censorship” by the way. They’re the rules which we expect everyone to abide by. If you want to threaten other posters , denigrate other people’s sincerely- held views, be my guest. But somewhere else.
Thanks as always for your blunt and constructive criticism.