Media Savvy – Friday Fictioneers, February 2023

Photo copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The thing about a crowd is that you don’t see the whole.

It consists of individuals, sure, but the entity is unknown until you poke it in the tail. 

Then you know.

The thing then is… how fast can you run?

Or hide.

Or apologise, which is difficult because apologies need to be tailored to the individual.  No universal apology can mollify the entity.  That’s how they work.

Tough hey?

Best not to get involved.

Keep your own counsel.

Because sooner or later you may need to pay for one.

So get to know him or her.

It’ll save time.

Thanks as ever to Rochelle for her continued leadership of Friday Fictioneers. Sorry if my contribution is a bit ‘thin’ this week, more of a social observation than fiction, but I’m on the hoof… yet again, and conscious I was MIA last week.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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41 Responses to Media Savvy – Friday Fictioneers, February 2023

  1. neilmacdon says:

    And crowds have their own spirit

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Beware the mob mentality. We don’t deal in subtleties these days.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dear Sandra,

    A good piece of advice in this self-centered universe.




  4. elmowrites says:

    You call it thin, I think it holds a lot of wisdom, Sandra. Crowds can become mobs without much prompting!


  5. granonine says:

    Deep thoughts, Sandra.


  6. We can’t always help becoming involved. Sage advice, Sandra.


  7. Dale says:

    Nothing thin about this. Even when we try to keep to ourselves, in such large crowds, when a mob mentality hits in a nefarious way, it takes all to try not to be swept along.
    This was quite thought-provoking.


  8. msjadeli says:

    What’s scary is when maniacs know how to play to the mob, which has been shown a few times over the centuries, most recently in the US in 2016.


  9. This is so poignant right now. I just finished a 4 week’s class on Imperialism, Divide and Conquer. Right as the class ended, we got into a lively discussion about what’s happening in the USA right now. The instructor promised to offer a class about that. Good take.

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  10. A thoughtful piece that seems to have us all thinking. Well done.


  11. Indira says:

    Excellent piece, Sandra. Who doesn’t know about mob frenzy…


  12. Rowena says:

    Some interesting insights there, Sandra. Also interesting when you apply them to a crowd with a creed such as a larger church or political movement. There’s that public face and seeming solidarity on the surface but as you say, not always known what really lurks beneath the surface. Even white people think and believe the same thing, there’s still variation because we’re human, not robots.
    I came across something recently which really made me think.; My friend’s son recently competed in a ballet competition called the Prix de Lausanne. There was an interview with a choreographer where she mentioned that all the dancers were given a video with the choreography for her dance but when they met up in person there were still variations and no one copied it precisely. I thought that was an interesting insight into how humans think and perceive things versus robots.
    Best wishes,


  13. Anita says:

    That one person is the spouse, right Sandra?
    “No man is an island.”


  14. I take your advise, no mob mentality.


  15. Bill says:

    A fun reflection it is, Sandra. I took last week off, too. So, I’ll need a lawyer, you say? 🙂


  16. athling2001 says:

    Crowds certainly have their own personalities.


  17. Great advice, don’t upset the status quo or else duck and hide. I enjoyed this, Sandra. So much wisdom here!


  18. Sandra says:

    Yes, I think the days of debate are over. Thanks for reading, Brenda.


  19. Nobbinmaug says:

    Fiction or not you’ve captured the groupthink that seems to override that of the individual. It’s a scary thing.


  20. I agree. There’s nothing like getting to know an individual.


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