Why everyone’s entitled to their opinion.
INTERNET famous is too easy to achieve, the real challenge is to become internet infamous. But be careful what you wish for, as some have found.
We all face the heat online at some point – from TV personalities to politicians, and even newspaper columnists. It’s hard to stay out of the firing line when you’re on the front line.
One way to fight it is to own it, as ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann did recently by proudly proclaiming that the ABC was running a competition for the ‘‘ most hated ABC figure on Twitter’’ and declaring himself the winner.
Perhaps he’s just trolling the trolls, but online vitriol is no fun and taking it in your stride becomes tiresome pretty fast.
It may be best to stay out of trouble, not offend anyone or express any contentious issues . . . But what fun would that be?
Miranda Devine: www. twitter. com/ mirandadevine
The Australian newspaper columnist is noted for her conservative stance on a range of social and political issues.
‘‘ You are contesting ideas and you have to do it in a polarising way,’’ she has said of opinion writing. ‘‘ When you write a column, you can’t sit on the fence.’’
But you will have to be prepared for the feedback.
Catherine Deveny: www. twitter. com/ CatherineDeveny
The comedian, opinion writer and former The Age newspaper columnist was fired by editor in chief Paul Ramadge after she tweeted a stream of questionable jokes from the Logies ceremony about people in attendance, including a sexual reference to Bindi Irwin, who was just 11 years old at the time.
The debacle inspired the Logies to initiate a Twitter- ban during the event, but Deveny has made a strong comeback, publishing her book The Happiness Project and appearing on SBS TV’s Go Back to
Where You Came From.
Ariana Huffington: www. twitter. com/ ariannahuff
The American founder of the Huffington
Post newspaper and HuffPo web newspaper has arguably become the world’s leading ( little- L) liberal political web power.
Publishing feisty opinion pieces on all aspects of political, social and cultural life in America and around the world, she’s a tour de force who is unanimously maligned by conservatives worldwide.
The alarming thing about Ms Huffington’s enemies is that they are gun lobby Tea Party conservative fundamentalists ( my worst nightmare).
Joe Hildebrand: www. twitter. com/ Joe Hildebrand
The Australian newspaper columnist came under fire recently for a tweet that mocked the mentally handicapped, prompting a reasoned and articulate rebuke from ABC columnist Stella Young, herself a disabled Australian.
One of his own colleagues also called him ‘‘ a disgrace’’.
Not easily disheartened, he unapologetically mocked the ‘‘ retarded’’, the Irish, and blondes, proving that the vitriol hasn’t gotten to him just yet.