Saturday, May 12, 2012

Purposeful Writing and the Rights of Commentators


There are times when content requires the opportunity to stand alone, without being bombarded by initial reactions of its recipients. Writers enjoy feedback; this is absolutely true. However, like the artist, writers share their work to evoke emotions, draw on intuition and purposely cause reflection from those who read their words.

At a time when our society demands the right to voice its opinion without restraint, writers often feel the need to give fodder to this idealistic compromise, without considering their own rights to let their words simmer in the minds of those who read them. The disillusionment of such practices can hardly be underestimated. There is no hard and fast rule indicating writers should mandatorily subject themselves to the purposes and agendas of those who stumble upon or intentionally read their compositions, be it with favorable or unfavorable inclinations at their disposal.

Wisdom eradicates the notion that unscrutinized commentary is appropriate and acceptable in any or all circumstances. Forums allowing for generous input, opinion and advice are all the rage. My question is, to what avail? If popularity were the height of every writer’s dream, then yes, inciting the masses to comment and engage in unlimited conversation, while responding to such interaction is vitally important. This goes without saying.

However, if the purpose of the written article is to use the written word as a means to influence the people reading it, much like a well performed play, inspiring melody or intensely detailed piece of artwork, where commentary is not the objective of the work being shared, then the writer may appropriately determine not to expose their work in such a way, allowing it to stand alone and be considered, rather than reacted to, or opened up to forum observations.

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