April, 2011

Rooney and the media

Wayne Rooney’s outburst on TV has led to a big discussion in the media about high profile personalities and how they should present themselves.

My daughter now 2 ½ repeats everything she sees, like a parrot you say something and find it said back to you, often again and again. She does not have a concept of all that she is saying and she represents only one area of mimicry that people do.

As children get older they have heroes and people they want to emulate, and if they see their heroes behaving in a particular way they will think that it is OK as this person can do no wrong in their eyes. Also they may think that it looks good or they look good or like their hero if they do the same thing.  

It is for these reasons that people who are in the media spot light should be careful about how they present themselves. Like it or not and whether they want it or not they are influencing many people mentally and emotionally.