Today, I’ve decided to something a little different for the Daily Post. Upon looking back, I realised most of my responses were journal/thought circulated rather than relating to my writing (which I started this blog for in first place).
I am going to interview the main character of my novel “Violet Ink.” It’s a novel I am currently and only have two chapters up thus far. But I plan to continue writing the story as soon as exams are over (maybe 4 to 5 weeks?)
The gist of the novel? Tessa Hawthorne, the main character, has always been different. She prefers horror movies, has a violent sense of humour and is an aspiring horror writer. After the shocking discovery that her short stories have elements of reality in them, that she can manipulate the lives of millions of people, her entire personality changes.
But not remotely close to the better.
This is the Daily Post prompt written from the voice of Tessa Hawthorne.
Facebook has recently come under attack for failing to enforce its own guidelines on hate speech and violent imagery. Is it a website’s job to moderate the content its users post, or should users have complete freedom? Is there a happy medium? If so, how would you structure it?
Facebook shouldn’t be responsible for your actions. You add those people, you decide they are your “friends” and then interact with them. Face it, you sometimes stalk them too –we’ve all been there.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is, the people who’re more at risk of being “hate spoken” are those in their pre-teen/teen/early twenties stage. I don’t believe I’ve ever come across someone in their sixties, complaining about how some random over the internet called them a loser. Why? ‘Cause they’re smart enough not to add them in the first place.
Facebook can only do so much. So does this mean everyone, whose entire vocabulary revolves around swearing, will me monitored? Does anybody else realise how absurd this is? Limits? Are we not allowed to express anger lexically, is that right? You can’t limit us.
Soon enough, Facebook will be dark and lost, because another website will launch for youth of today, leaving uncensored messages and wall-comments ready for you to make. It’s a vicious cycle. Anybody who thinks a simple change in a policy/monitor (which, by the way, everybody will find a way around) will make a difference.
You have a choice in the matter. You decide who is your friend and who isn’t. Do you think anybody actually cares if Facebook does a whole hate-speech thing? That doesn’t stop people from completely abusing the site. Just adding new “policies” doesn’t make a change. Do you know who can? You.
Friend isn’t acquaintance. Friend isn’t that girl in the back corner, who everybody thinks is awful but doesn’t say anything because she’s got a hot temper. No, a friend is someone who you’ve actually know with your own experience –not through gossip or somebody else’s recommendation.
These are people who shouldn’t betray your trust. These are people you love.
Yet, I won’t say they won’t betray you. Because, let’s face it, it’s an inevitable truth: everyone lies. We all manipulate, pull stunts, commit things that are considered “crimes” to everyone else but us. Maybe that’s just the way things are. You are born to be betrayed.
And if they betray you, then, well, you lose. Maybe you really are a loser. Better luck next time. But here’s a tip from an aspiring horror writer: betray, abandon and destroy them before they damage you –and if you can do it creatively, then you might have enough footage for a short film or something.
Tessa is so creepy. But I love writing her perspective, because it feels so natural to me. Maybe that means I am creepy myself (or perhaps a subconscious part of me is). She is extremely different to the other character I’ve written in my “serious novels” (The City Is Silent’s “Grace” –who doesn’t have much of a voice as it’s written in third person)
Anyway, if you are intrigued, you can always check out Violet Ink. I am writing a rough draft (without checking for typos, as I believe grammatical errors/spelling comes last when writing a novel in comparison to the actual plot/characters/writing style)