Writing on controversial Topics: Pros and Cons

Ptrikha By Ptrikha, 25th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Writing on controversial topics can be a mind opening, enriching experience, yet it can also present certain difficulties. So, what are the points in favor of and against writing on controversial topics?

Controversial Topics: Great Opportunity as well as a Minefield

Hop on to major news sites, or grab your morning newspaper copy. There are quite a lot of news items, which seem not so interesting. You might feel like just scanning them with your eyes very fast and just get over them. However, there are a few headlines which grab your attention. More often than not, these are Topics which are highly debated, sparking a lot of friction, and often they deal with Violence, Crime, Accidents, Political crisis, Financial scams, Religious Disputes, Theft and so on.
Such topics present a lot of opportunities for writing or blogging, getting good reviews and page hits too. Yet writing on such topics also present some potential pitfalls.
So, what are the Pros and Cons of writing on such topics that generate a lot of heat and activity?

Topics of Debate and Controversy: What are the Pros?

When one decides to write on Topics that are currently in hot circulation, and generate a lot of debate, one can benefit in a number of ways :

  1. Hot Topics like Political crisis, Crime, Protests, Exotic Themes offer a lot of potential for great number of page views, as human beings tend to get more interested in such topics.
  2. Writing on some Hot topics often make us research more into the background of the topic. Thus, we can enhance our knowledge as well as debating skills on that topic.
  3. Often, we can offer a good solution to a problem, or involve the readers, if the site where we write is interactive to come out with good and amicable solutions, and perhaps forward these to the concerned authorities.
  4. In a democratic setup, people are supposedly free to talk about anything if it is not in a bad taste. So why not write on such topics?

Pitafalls or Cons of Writing on Controversial Topics

Writing on hot and controversial topics is not free of its potential pitfalls and dangers. Some of these are:

  1. At times, if we write on topics such as Exotic Themes, Intimate Relationships, Religious disputes, in spite of our utmost care, we are likely to offend some people's sentiments. Hence, one needs to write with ultra care, perhaps with disclaimers, or perhaps avoid such topics.
  2. Some fanatics, or criminal minded people could be so mindless that they can personally target people writing on controversial topics that might lead such people to think that the public view would get against them. One way could be write with a fake identity, but at times it is difficult to do so.
  3. Writing on topics that may expose a Government, or perhaps Government Officials' wrongdoings can expose the writer to harassment or intense scrutiny by the government, or officials. At times, the person could even be drawn into a fake legal case. The chances are not so high often, but cannot be ruled out.

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Ptrikha is an IT professional, with a great appetite for writing on a variety of topics ranging from Business, Economics, Politics, Sports, Technology, and much more. He has written over 100 Articles

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author avatar snerfu
26th Jul 2014 (#)

Well said! Often a writer has to cross the line somewhere and he or she is left wondering if they are doing the right thing. One has to be a good judge of public sentiment to avoid irritating other people. Otherwise, avoid such controversial topics and write something else related to it.

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author avatar Ptrikha
26th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes one has to be very careful. Thanks snerfu.

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author avatar yugasini
26th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for posting, have a nice day.

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks yugasini

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Good take, Ptrikha. We should highlight ongoing injustices with a firm conviction. What is going on in Gaza is a case in point. Peoples' lives have zero value as big powers are playing politics like they do in other spheres like in the shooting down of Malaysian aircraft. We should keep the conversation going and pitch our tent where we find we are right - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Two days back, I saw a special edition on CNN International, and what I have learnt was that Israel used a much much extreme reaction to an incident where the culpability of Hamas seemed to be more of a circumstantial nature, and in now way were the citizens of Palestine and Gaza responsible. Why did not they call upon the United Nations, the Palestine Government to investigate the kidnapping and killing of a few Israeli youth first?
Why did they start attacking first?

At times, I feel that the United Nations should be disbanded, at least the security council.

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author avatar Etc.
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Writing on 'hot' topics also requires a somewhat thick skin . . . there will usually be at least as many people vehemently opposed as for your position.

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author avatar Ptrikha
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes Etc. and one needs to take in criticism without taking it personally.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Great article. You highlighted many pros and cons well. Not sure whether this was written before my Oops! article, but case in point -- the controversy over that article gained me over 300 views its first day. Most days, my total views are less than that!!

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Did you write that article before 25th July or after that? Thanks for reading this article.

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Aug 2014 (#)

You wrote your article on 10th August.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting piece! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Ptrikha
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Margaret.

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