SUE JACKSON Therapist | Writer | Photographer | Activist

An avid blogger for the last fifteen years, I believe in the power of the word to change the world. I have participated in, and reported on, a range of protests during this period, including the successful East-West Link campaign and, more recently, our wonderful, home-grown Extinction Rebellion (XR). If you believe, like I do, that it is time for ordinary people to rise up in defence of the planet, I encourage you to explore this blog, share it with your networks, and – of course – take action.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No to Notoriety

I can't believe it's almost a year since my last post. But here goes...
All of a sudden 'nesters' are everywhere. There's a reality TV show, based in Sydney, called 'The Nest', which includes a home visiting family therapist. And just this week Channel 7 launched a show called 'Packed to the Rafters'. I haven't been directly involved in either project though the wording for the promo used for 'The Nest' sounded uncannily/suspiciously like the wording in my book. One day last week I was bemoaning to a friend how I'd been overlooked. But you have to be careful what you wish for...
The very next day I was called by a producer from Channel 7's Today Tonight programme inviting me to be involved. I'd never seen Today Tonight. (Where does she live? you might well ask. All I can say in my defense is that I can't bear ads. But I do recognise there's a yawning gap where my knowledge of popular culture should be.) Anyhow, in my innocence, I agreed. And it was only my 21-year-old daughter's response 'Mum, you can't possibly go on there!' that alerted me to the fact that it mightn't be such a smart career move. It wasn't easy saying no or convincing the producer that I'd prefer to forgo the opportunity to publicize my book. But in the end I felt greatly relieved, particularly knowing that I wouldn't have to wear that false beard in public after all.