I have to admit that I love trolling Twitter and Facebook. I learn a lot of interesting things and there are links to great articles and ideas I may not have seen otherwise. It’s enjoyable to keep up with some of my favorite people and discover new ones. Unfortunately, it’s also a way to disconnect with some.
When did it become okay to just say whatever you want however you want? I’m specifically talking about four letter words. Now I have no problem with reading them in stories or hearing them in movies when it goes with the character. My problem is seeing them printed out online coming out of the mouths of people who want to be in the public eye. Every time I see an author spouting off on any social media site with swear words I cringe. Don’t they realize how many potential readers are out there seeing this or has everyone become so immune to this behavior that it doesn’t matter anymore?
Now I’m no prude and I’ve got quite the vocabulary myself. I’ve been know to lay it all out there when my emotions get the better of me. But I tend to do it in private, with people I know and who know me. There are times and places for everything. It’s expected in certain adult shows or comedy acts.
I don’t think I’ll ever get used to some of the reality shows on television that have contestants ranting to the camera constantly streaming vile comments about the other players. Really? Is this how you want to be remembered? And while I realize that most of it is done for ratings, it saddens me that it’s become so acceptable and even expected.
It seems much more relevant for me in regard to authors. They are the ones I follow the most and yes, I guess I do expect more out of them when they are in public. It’s one thing to be with your friends and that’s part of your personality, but it’s quite another when you are selling a product that you’d like to appeal to a broader audience. It’s so easy to turn someone off to you by a simple word.
What do you think? Is it ok for authors to say whatever they want anytime? Does it matter anymore what kind of colorful language you use? Is it socially acceptable now? Does it turn you off when you see an author swearing online? Or in public?
Bottom Line: You are in the word business. Choose your words wisely…at least in public.