Friday, 17 January 2014

Just a Matter of Opinion

Recently, Matt Hardy posted a string of tweets on Twitter that made me think. And I've collected the most interesting four here on Storify.

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Laying aside whether you like Matt Hardy as a performer, I got to wondering after I read those tweets, and I started asking myself question.

"Who am I? What am I doing on this blog? And why?"

I do not consider myself a journalist. Although I follow Wrestle Talk TV and TNA Insider on Twitter, I do not do extensive research, and I am not bring you breaking news. I'm an opinionated Brit with a blog, not a professional.

Nor am I a wrestling expert. I have been a fan on and off since I was a child, but due to long periods of inattention and my relatively young age, I don't know everything. I'd like to think I'm more than a casual fan, but wrestling would not be my Mastermind specialist subject.

And what I plan to blog are my opinions rather than fact. I am not objective: my writing comes through the lens of my bias, and my reviews and my opinion pieces are just my personal feelings.

That's who I am. That's what I'm doing. Like my blog header says, these are the thoughts of a twenty-something TNA fan. Nothing more.

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So if I'm neither a journalist nor objective, who am I think that my comments are worthwhile? Why don't I just shut up and buy a ticket like Matt suggests? Do I have the right to do what I'm doing?

According to Matt Hardy, I don't. And meaning no disrespect to him, I have to disagree.

Wrestling may not be my forte, but stories are. I'm a creative writing student: character, plot and dialogue are all my areas of expertise, and professional wrestling uses all of them.

As an aspiring writer, I believe that professional wrestling can be an exciting and unique medium for telling a story, and that we should accept only the best from the people orchestrating this from behind the scenes. We the fans need to let the people in charge know what's working for us and what isn't so that they can tailor their product and make it work better.

I do not intend to insult the wrestlers themselves: if I criticise, it is the gimmick – the character being played – rather than the performer themself. I don't know these men and women, and I won't make unfounded attacks. I will not criticise a plot, a character or a piece of dialogue without due cause or explanation, and I will always try to find a positive even in the aspects I dislike most.

So that's why I'm writing this blog. Because I believe that I have a unique perspective on wrestling as storytelling medium. Because I believe criticism can help wrestling. And ultimately, because I feel I have something to say that's worthy of your time.

And isn't that why anyone blogs about anything in the end?

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– Stark

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