Can we stop bashing the media?

Right. I am annoyed. I am well annoyed. I have been annoyed for a while now.

Being a graduate in Journalism, I learned integrity from honest successful and recognised journalists. I learned all about how a news story is made through facts and two different sources that talked to me directly. I learned how to stay true to the truth.

Yes, it is a world filled with cynicism where sex and death sell, but to be fair, it’s the same everywhere. Just look at the ads – “don’t get me started on the ads!” I hear you say – and how companies try and make you buy their products. It’s all about getting laid. So yes, the editors of all newspapers like a bit of drama and they want to make their readers cry. It’s a win-win situation really. The readers like to be moved by somebody else’s drama so they won’t have to focus on their own personal shipwreck.

But it is also a world where being fair can be extremely difficult, whereas big companies give you stuff or invite you to parties so you’ll talk about them or influential people threaten you to stop telling their embarrassing stories. I’m not gonna lie, it can be hard to differentiate sponsoring and news nowadays.

But when I hear in the news people who would rather trust their candidate, rather than the facts laid out by the people who have done objective research? FUCK. THAT.

Misters and Misses Politicians (I am looking at you, Marine!) whenever you fuck up badly, stop bashing the media. Own up to your actions and stop being the journalists’ victim over and over and over again. When you talk about harassment, guess fucking what? As a public persona, you actually fucking chose to be in the spotlight so stop whining when journalists ask the questions you don’t want to be asked. You can’t have the cake and eat it as well. Especially when you do illegal things.

Now, I know some news agencies are biased and a bit too much on the right or a bit too much on the left of the political spectrum. It’s always been like this. But guess what? It’s also human and it shows the beauty of the freedom of speech. We are not robots after all.

For real though, undermining the legitimacy of the media is a dangerous business. And it makes me furious and sad that it’s becoming a global trend that’s getting stronger every day.

But the worst part of it all is that, all the negative messages from politicians towards the press are only used as an excuse to cover up their mess. I’m pretty sure it’s not their belief, but they see how efficient it is so they keep doing it. They incite the people to hate the media, so that whatever facts they find will be false or seen as a personal attack.

After all, what’s better for a politician than to have crowds of sheep who only trust your word above the rest?


I went to a job fair – and died inside

I went to my first job fair on Friday. How exciting! I would get to meet employers and maybe make my case to one of them!

On my way there I was a bit anxious but ready. I didn’t get lost while walking there (which is an achievement really), I had 10 CVs in my bag, I was dressed smart. I also played the game “who’s going to the same place as me?” in my head, judging every person I saw on the street, disliking them for the simple reason they could all be potential competitors.

I also pep talked myself: “right. You are bilingual. You’re going to a bilingual fair. You have something loads of non-bilingual people don’t have. These employers are seeking someone like you and you’re gonna ace it!”

How wrong was I! I got in there and I felt like I was participating in a Ice Bucket Challenge I didn’t sign up for – though, to be fair, nobody signs up for it. It was a cold, icy shower. There were at least 25 people queuing for each job, hoping to make a difference.

My French arrogance went down the drain in a second. There were many people like me, after all. And here I was, thinking I was special!

Fortunately, the company I was here for had no one queuing for. Apparently, the gaming industry is not the top priority for job seekers these days. I gathered my courage and approached them.

“Are you already involved in the gaming world?” they asked me. “I do have a Steam account, yes and I’ve finished the two Portal games” I answered in an exaggerated smug behaviour. They laughed. Everything was going great. I got introduced to my potential future boss and we hit it off from the start, laughing and sharing the same interests. I could already see myself working there, having tons of fun with my future colleagues.

“Would you be willing to relocate?” he asked me. Uh-oh. “Because our office is in Newcastle. We provide relocating packages.” There it was, the disappointment. The second icy shower of the day. I tried to smile convincingly and said “Oh really? I’ve lived there for a year, as an Erasmus student. I loved it.” Which is true. But would I be willing to go back there as a professional? I’m not sure.

So I asked him, “Would it be possible to work from a London office maybe, liaising with you via Skype?” The answer was negative, because they preferred working all together in the same office, to have a team environment. He was understanding when I said I started a life here in London, he took my CV, gave me some goodies and we said goodbye.

I was on the verge of leaving when I thought “I’m here, I might as well try something else.” So I went to a logistics company and started talking to the least inviting recruiter I’ve ever met. Instead of presenting the company, he started the conversation almost saying “Well?”, waiting for me to sell myself to him.

Once the conversation finally took off, I stopped listening to him and tried my best not to cry. I thought, job fairs are like both Tinder and speed dating, except you don’t get to have sex in the end. You wear your best clothes and your best smile and you try to prove to the other that you are unique, you are different and you are worth trying something. And you know what? It’s bullshit. It doesn’t help your self esteem nor your confidence and seeing all of these people trying for the same job is nothing but depressing.

It’s a good thing though, to be slapped by reality sometimes. It’s difficult to know what you’re fighting against when applying for jobs on the internet, it all becomes quite abstract.

So thank you, job fair, to have showed me the shit reality of the job market. I needed the reality check even if I died inside. And you know what? I went shopping after that experience and my two new pairs of jeans look great.

My first post – exciting!

There it is, my very first blog post!

I have wanted to make my own blog for ages now. The fear of creating something that was entirely my responsibility, something I could get judged on always outweighed my desire to do so. And the Internet is quite an unforgiving platform as well.

But one day not so long ago, I thought fuck it. I’m gonna write whatever I want, however I want and I don’t give a shit. And if in the meantime someone reacts to it, whether it is good or bad, then jackpot. It means I struck a chord.

So get set, sit comfortably and enjoy the ride. Or not. Whatever.