What can I say? I can relate to this in many ways, both as a former journalist and as a blogger . . . and I totally agree. Thank you, Dawn Porter, for telling it like it is.

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I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. Very insightful and thoughprovoking. I read it all the way through, although I’m pushed for time to indulge in anything other than my own writing at the moment!
    There is something basely human about disliking another’s success, however hard they have worked to get it. When we’re face-to-face we seem to manage to controll that extreme negativity, but faceless social media make it easy for people to spew that into the public domain without fear of reprisal.
    I made a pact with myself on my fortieth birthday, that if I thought something positive about someone, I would express it, not in any gushing way, but thoughfully and sincerely. It hasn’t always been easy as people tend to think you’re naive, but at least my humour makes up for it!

  2. It’s so sad that people feel the need to tear others down. Even if you think it, to deliberately express it in written or verbal form to be saved for eternity on the web, is truly NASTY.

  3. I don’t think that normal person is able to understand or communicate with psychopath or sociopath.
    IMO,best to ignore such person as long as it is possible. I’m sure that in the future the Internet will help to track down these indywiduals. We’ll all be under surveillance,maybe we are.

  4. I’ve never experienced the type of jealousy she describes in her post. How can you be jealous of somebody you don’t know nor will you ever know? How do you know what price they paid for achieving what they have? People need to ask themselves whether they would be willing to pay the same price for fame and fortune? Loss of privacy and all that? Living through painful break-ups in the public eye etc.? I quite often feel sorry for famous people who have to walk around with a bodyguard all the time. I would hate to live like that… I would not exchange my anonimity for all the tea in China. There’s this saying I really like: “do not judge anybody until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”. I try to live by that.

    • Right now I am feeling truly sorry for Robert Pattinson and all this brouhaha over Kristen Stewart cheating on him. It’s bad enough when the person you love fools around on you, but for it to be shouted from the covers of magazines and talked about the wb, etc has to be really painful for him. I knew he’s been in the glare of the media spotlight for a while now with the Twilight frenzy–still, there are limits to what anyone should have to undergo.

      That’s also a favorite saying of mine. It’s very easy to be judgmental when you have never experienced what someone else has gone or is going through.

      • I’m not sure I believe it, to be honest, the whole cheating thing. I read that Kristen’s head was photoshopped onto the guy’s wife’s body in that picture on the cover of whatever tabloid magazine. But i completely agree, it still must have been awful for RPatz. I sincerely hope RA will never, ever have to experience anything like this..

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