So … apparently some aging, balding man expresses his opinion on some significantly rating morning television show.
I don’t know. I didn’t watch it and haven’t gone back to search for it. I don’t watch these shows for a reason; essentially because they are designed to produce content that instigates discussion and debate to increase rating to ensure their advertisers receive exposure. You’re kidding yourself if you think differently.
What has intrigued me is the “discussion” and “debate” and “conversation” around his opinion- which some will tell you he is entitled to (he is, aren’t we all?), and is, ultimately, his job in order to reach the goal of securing advertisers for the show. Oh yeah, ok, and the perception of social debate for important issues.
Inevitably, the conversation has been reduced to “I breastfeed/didn’t breastfeed and …” with the unintended implication of “Therefore, this is how everyone should do it.”
This is not discussion, debate or even remotely useful. This is passing an experience off as opinion and, in some cases (not all – to be fair, a minority) forcing it onto others. I did it, therefore everyone should.
(I once ate an entire Chinese meal using chopsticks with my non-dominant hand, whilst breastfeeding a two month old, without making a mess … I don’t understand why breastfeeding women complain about not being able to eat! Stupid, huh? It’s true, I did do that. I can also tell you that prior to that, and since, I haven’t been able to eat a Chinese meal with my dominant hand without making