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14 March 2008

I Must Get My Categories Sorted Out Before I Write This Post

If you do a web search for "Grannymar" and "Fury" you will be
as surprised as I was to find that an ageist slur has been made
against her and, by association, against Grandad.

Here is where I must start to tread very gingerly indeed.
Not only has the Great Spam Buster in the Virtual Sky
stopped any possibility of my posting any response to
Grannymar's distress, I have started THINKING.

This activity, attempted on a cold March afternoon in Northern Europe,
is probably not a good idea. I should be uploading some of the increasing
body of photographic work which is the result of leaving the house far too often
in the past few weeks. I should be making a rhubarb, orange and almond pie
for my nearest and dearest. I should be learning yet another foreign language...

But instead, I'm sitting here wondering how Grannymar might best get an
apology for strange refences to "silver" bloggers and "weird web" and other
catchy phrases that sub editors seem to produce like the proverbial rabbits out
of proverbial hats.

Should my solidarity include "Coming Out" as a practising Granny.
Probably a bit extreme, as I continue to feel as lively as a Spring Chicken
and could never make much sense of ageism. A true grandmother is a wise
and venerable person, in my mind, It somehow seems to be a status earned over
years rather than a glib label.

Grannymar, through her fine contribution to the Irish Blogging
Community has earned this status and well deserves her
Award.

Perhaps she can take some comfort in the fact that journalism deals very often in labels and is meant to be superficial and entertaining.

The problem lies in linguistics, I'm afraid, and until somebody wakes up to the fact
that words can be hurtful when printed and directed at well-meaning people, the world
of print journalism will continue to be the mixed feast that it is.


Here, for what it is worth, is the reply I typed in an effort to get my thoughts
round this complex subject:
"You are right to protest, Grannymar.
Captions are not necessarily written by the
journalist who writes the piece, however.
Often even hacks are puzzled by the unusual
slant a catchy headline can put on their work.

If any editors should ever read this,
it's worth recording that I tend to go
to the Internet rather than to the mainstream
media for news and ideas and I don't tend
to think much about age when I read a piece
that is well presented.

Ageism has always been a feature of European
society. And it's not correct, I agree.

Well done on writing such a clear analysis of your experience,
and an apology would be in order."

The title bar here leads to a well written and respectful article
in the Daily Herald
about
older women and how they contribute to the lively
tapestry of everyday life.



It seems that I'm in the process of developing a hybrid new
sub-genre in the Blogosphere, that of the Outsider Poster,
who, unable to access other Blogs, comments in the Exosphere,
hoping to be heard.

What shall this genre be called?

Exospheration?

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4 Comments:

Anonymous elly parker said...

I dug your comment out of the spam filter on grannymar's blog and it's up now.

3/14/2008 7:45 pm  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

Many thanks, Elly.

Ageism, I have just discovered from surfing the net is the top problem facing society at the moment.

Since I've survived all the -isms that Western culture has produced so far, doubtless this one will be easy to combat.

Here's hoping that Grannymar get a proper apology for the silly piece written. She deserves better.

3/14/2008 9:02 pm  
Anonymous Grannymar said...

Just found this post eight years after it was written. I bet the person who wrote that byline, didn't think I would still be blogging and not slug and snail food! Do you think They still have a job? ;)

3/02/2015 3:13 pm  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

Well done, Grannymar.

I was delighted to refind your blog the other day, thanks to this link.

And belated congratulations, albeit, years later on being one of Ireland's top bloggers. I really enjoyed the night out at the blog awards and it was a pleasure to meet your daughter and her husband, as well as yourself.

Best regards,

Maria

3/03/2015 4:46 pm  

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