You can keep your eyes down and all of that, but, unfortunately, the world has its fare share of scumbags, and sometimes trouble invites itself. Jackie took the matter in her own hands, and published the story of how she was assaulted on the underground, along with a picture of one of the offenders, on her blog: it provoked a wave of sympathy in the blogosphere, as well as questions of the legality of publishing that picture, but the offenders were nailed in the end. In the wake of this incidence, she was approached to do an interview for The Evening Standard, and this is certainly food for thought:
"I am okay about blogging this stuff, because I’m in control of how my story goes out there and I can keep more sensitive, hurtful details to myself. This is my media. When it comes to newspapers or TV stations, I’m giving up control and could be portrayed as someone I am not.
From the comments:
"I didn’t say I was in control of my story in the blogosphere - I said that I am in control of how my story goes out there. Believe me, I’ve been telling PR flacks for years that they can’t control the message and never could, so I’m not about to make the stupid mistake of thinking I can. What I can control is what is presented here, on my own press. With the Evening Standard, I have no such control."
To me, this is yet another snaphot of how the world is changing: the amazing power of new technology, in this case mobile phone cameras and blogs, and how media has some way to go when it comes to that recurring issue of rebuilding trust...