Arguing Online, For Everyone To Read?
Voyeurs Will Win - But Probably Not You
October 28, 2019
By Dave Courvoisier
The details are almost unimportant.
A disagreement recently occurred online between two strong personalities who are associated with the voice-over business (not talent).
Accusations escalated. Misunderstandings got compounded. Public positioning and rhetoric grew. Reputations and pride had to be defended.
The very public dialog went from a Facebook group to personal blogs and around again.
Again, I'll not get into the mud on the details. There is reason to find room to be convinced on either side if you look hard enough.
CHANGE ANYONE'S MIND?
I'm Monday-morning quarterbacking, of course, but this might be a good time to remember that no one ever convinced anybody to change their mind in a heated online back 'n' forth.
That's fine, Dave, until it's YOU being attacked.
I HAVE been attacked – many times – in extremely public forums and media outlets.
I've been maligned and misquoted frequently. As a media personality, I actually was the mouthpiece on the news that DID that to people, then had to read scripted apologies. I know all sides of this conundrum.
WHAT I LEARNED ...
It's best to approach the other party in person and in private to resolve a disagreement.
If that doesn't work, and the other party chooses to go public, then one short, firm statement is all that is required in response.
It all goes away quickly. On to the next messy story.
Those who want to know the real truth will come to you and ask. Then you have the time to explain.
PEOPLE WILL PICK AT YOU
People will try to pick at you when you're on top. But you protect your integrity when you choose not to get down into the dirt with them.
Some people manage to sink their own boats.
In today's social media world, you might think such disagreements deserve to be aired for all to see so you will be absolved. But rarely does it work, if ever.
21st century voyeurs love nothing more than to see someone else's troubles (Kardashians, Housewives of Atlanta, Biggest Loser, etc.).
Best not to give them that twisted pleasure at your own expense.
Dave Courvoisier is a full-time voice actor and audiobook narrator based in Las Vegas, where he was formerly an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, producer and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the CBS affiliate. A former president and a founding member of the World-Voices Organization (WoVO), he also writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a daily blog of voice over adventures, observations and technology, and is author and publisher of the book, More Than Just A Voice: The Real Secret To VoiceOver Success.
More Than Just A Voice: http://courvo.com/more-than-just-a-voice
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