The requirement of part of my university degree is to write a blog once a week regarding my everyday running of my business. The blog is a perspective from a business person’s experience of the challenges they come across in the entertainment industry.
The last blog I uploaded on Sunday evening caused a massive “Tsunami” throughout the South Wales Entertainment Industry. My stats on my blog has certainly gone through the roof and revealed to me where the hits have come from. The hits have mainly come from social media site such as facebook, twitter and google. The link has been viewed far and wide and the stats have even revealed what part of the country it has been viewed. My blog was picked up for Mondays edition for Wales Online Social website. The link is: http://paper.li/Wales_Online/1349001103?edition_id=9b5e3cc0-2744-11e2-8f7b-0025907212e8# and also re-tweeted on twitter by a local news paper. This link was also attached to another link headlining the subject “Cyberbullying common at workplace?”where advice can be given to anyone who has been bullied in the workplace.
This cyberbullying link was picked up because in the contents of my blog I employed the words “dismissed from the Team due to bullying Contestants!” While we are on the subject of “Bullying”, as a business person you come across people who go out of their way and make it their business to undermine everything you do at any given opportunity. These kind of people seem to want your business contacts, others will undercut you regarding budgets, some will go with promises that they can supply a better deal than you and some want to grow their own business to the point they don’t care what trail of destruction they leave behind.
Vital tools that are an asset for any business today are the social media networks of Facebook and Twitter. Over the last few months one of my businesses has experienced a case of “Cyberbullying” , that business is the Welsh Factor! The way this has operated is where a fake profile has been put up on Twitter and also Facebook under the same name which is aimed at the competition and the organisers. The fake profile has been sexually derogatory and degrading to our business, even to the point of their followers endorsing such filth and who are running current talent competitions or judging them. To support such action is feeding the “bully” even more and people who are involved in this kind of dialogue are confederate by default.
One thing everyone has to ask themselves, especially parents, “Do you want your children to be associated with such people? Unfortunately, you do have people in the industry supporting this site who are also dealing and working with your children, Some of the lewd sexual comments on there are not fit for anyone to read, let alone children! When you look at these actions in detail, it doesn’t look very good, does it? On advice from Government Agencies we have been keeping screen shots of all members and comments which have been added on there.
Cyberbullying is not just aimed at children, it is aimed at adults, celebrities and businesses! It is only aimed at successful people and you have to ask how much damage does it cost the individual especially those not strong enough to cope with this kind of behaviour. If you are a strong person it will not affect you, but for others it can tip them over the brink as some people are not as strong as other. Over the last few months we have come across contestants being bullied and targeted on social media sites due to them being gifted with a talent. We have been helping some of the contestants with this matter and have put them in touch with the Police and professional organisations who deal with this matter.
The point of this blog is to make people aware of situations that arise behind the scenes regarding of what goes on within the entertainment industry.
This happens every day in our society no matter what field of work you are in. It’s all about talking and taking a stand against the person or group of people who think they can benefit by such sick actions. The people who place fake pages of this nature on social media sites are nothing but cowards and thrive on other people’s insecurities and fears.
What is a bully? : http://www.bullyonline.org/workbully/serial.htm
Some people have jumped to conclusion that the previous blog was focused on just one talent competition. I can assure everyone that it was a general and honest report on the current experiences and history of the Welsh Factor. I was inundated by calls to say that comments were coming through thick and fast and I had caused a bit of a stir! The mobile networks have certainly been busy over the last few days of discussions regarding my blog. It seems all kinds of people from all walks of life came out of the woodwork and began scribbling all kinds of comments like industrious beavers! If names were not mentioned in my blog, why do they think it’s them? This displays a sense of guilt by the people concerned not having read my blog carefully! If a person is innocent, why do they feel a need to justify themselves or explain their actions! They just express by this behaviour that the blog must apply to them for some reason. It just goes to show how quickly my blog had got across to these people and how much they want to see what we have to say and seem to be desperate to see what the future developments of my business will be! The power of the worldwide Web!
From this incident of cyberbullying targeted at my business and contestants being bullied over the last few months, we have made it a policy to set up an anti bullying campaign working very closely with the Police and Government officials.
We have been given the green light to go ahead and launch an anti bullying campaign which will reach out to school children and teenagers. This will make them more aware about bullying within their surroundings and what help is out there to support them. In this environment we will support and develop their talent to bring out the best in each individual.
If you have been a victim of cyberbullying, here are a few links that might be handy to you: