The Curse Of Social Media
I like to feed the trolls ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 31/05/2016 @ 8:00AM
I really enjoy social media. For someone like me, who is essentially a self-publicist, it's wonderful. I can promote - free of charge mostly - whatever I'm doing, whether it's a show or our staging, or recruiting new actors, I jump onto Facebook ...
Some people dislike the curse of social media but I think it's quite wonderful!
I don't tend to put anything on about my family though. Photos of my daughter winning something are firmly kept at home unless someone else puts one up then I have no control over it.
"I don't do photos of cats and dogs much as I enjoy their company, and indeed, I have a house full of animals."
I don't normally tell everyone what I eat via photo, although I do make an exception on that occasionally. I once finished a plate of bacon and eggs in a cafe in Hackney, and saw the outline of Elvis Presley in the leftovers so that went on Facebook and my quest for the perfect steak and kidney pudding goes on.
I shall take a photo of the pie and mash when I get round to visiting the place in Stony Stratford who do it on Fridays, but that is mostly to irritate various people who detest that kind of food.
"I have a pet troll who hates England and English food so much that I feel I have to do my bit to stoke his indignation."
He has a strange way of looking at life. He hated England and the Tories so much that he advised everyone to vote Tory at the last election to bring down the country and speed up the revolution.
I think he was a bit surprised when it appeared that people had taken him at his word, but that no revolution seems to be forthcoming. Anyway, at present, he's advising everyone to vote to leave the EU because he loves the EU.
I do get involved in politics on Facebook and indeed, often post about the EU Referendum as I'm very much for leaving and know enough to put forward a good argument for democracy, but by golly, it riles some of my opposition.
But the bottom line is that no publicity is bad publicity, and the only advice I would ever give is not to be rude to people. I don't mind people being rude about me in the least.
I've been accused of being 'stupid', 'xenophobic', 'racist,' and even 'tory' for my views on the EU, none of which I am, but when you get accusations thrown it's easier just to point out that you're not and to be wholly reasonable and amusing in your arguments and replies.
"This inflames the unreasonable
But what happens is that the reasonable people - and there are many more of them than the others - who are following these threads quite often side with me. They may not necessarily agree with my point of view, but they do like reason and respect.
And they are the very people who end up being a customer or client of mine, and that's exactly what I planned.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.