I know you’re all probably sick to death to hear my ranting and raving about journalism, but let me get this off my chest and maybe if you’re lucky I’ll talk next time about my eventful trip to St Andrews which involves bookshops, food and two attractive surfers stripping out of their wetsuits 20 feet away from me.
Snob: a person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and looks down on those regarded as socially inferior.
a person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people.
Unfortunately throughout life you’ll meet people who you don’t particularly like, but the worst ones will try and put you down. Now some of these people are just plain rude, but the ones I want to rant about today are the snobs.
As I can’t speak for everyone, I’ll just speak from my own experience and yes, you guessed it, I’m afraid that means I’ll be using the example of journalism and in particular UK newspapers.
Nowadays there are newspapers for everyone, so you’re sure to find one that suits you better than the rest. Unfortunately some people use papers purely for status reasons which in turn creates a crowd of snobs who will undoubtedly force their opinions down your throat because their opinions are of course the only ones that matter and they are obviously the only ones that are right. People will claim that they read certain papers (when actually they don’t and are just namedropping) to appear intelligent. This means that they mock and scorn other papers in the process.
For example, I’ve met a lot of people – and some too close to home for my liking – who mock papers like The Sun, The Daily Mirror, The Star and more. Some have even gone on to say that I can do ‘so much better’ than having work experience at The Sun, but ‘hey, you’ve got to start somewhere’.
Umm, EXCUSE ME? Have you forgotten that The Sun is the TOP UK NEWSPAPER? Or the fact that it is produced by News UK, who also publish The Times and The Sunday Times – two newspapers that are often used as sources for ‘intellectual’ conversations. How about the fact that getting work experience at a national newspaper is bloody difficult to get? How about the fact that I secured this work experience on my own at the age of seventeen without having any other experience other than an article published online and helping out at a Music Journal?
Now what these people tend to forget is that every paper has a different purpose. Hell, the first rule about journalism is to focus on your form, purpose and audience. Take The Sun; they aim to deliver news in a short, snappy, concise style. They throw in witty lines and funny quips when appropriate. They write in a way that allows anyone and everyone to understand and access the news – I mean, who wants to read a newspaper with a dictionary by your side? They focus on publishing stories that you’d tell your mate down at the pub. Yes there are a few articles you may not like, but how is that different from every other paper? You can’t possibly claim that you agree with everything The Telegraph, for example, produces.
If everyone was a little less concerned with their own reputation and what others think of them, then maybe we wouldn’t have to deal with these snobbish attitudes which only put other people and their views down.
I suppose I can only dream of a world like that. After all, I do only have experience at The Sun.