Over the summer, we all got a healthy (unhealthy?) dose of Weiner in the news. In case it wasn’t enough to satisfy your desires though, you can get even more Weiner by reading a book coming out this week that’s written by Traci Nobles, the cheerleading coach who exchanged explicit text messages with the former Congressman.
Oh boy, lucky us. I hope I’m not the only one who finds this ridiculous. There are certain people who just should not be writing their own books.
Let me elaborate. Journalists classify people as one of the following:
- Public official
- Public figure
- Private citizen
A public official would be a politician, a police officer, or anyone elected for hired to work for the people. A public figure is a celebrity or anyone else thrown into the public spotlight for one reason or another. Britney Spears or Casey Anthony are both public figures. And finally, private citizens are the rest of us.
In my view, it’s acceptable for a public officials to write a non-fiction book about their experiences, but only if they have a story to tell that contains real value for a broad audience. And perhaps certain public figures have a quality story to tell, but I feel that most of them don’t (Oprah, for example, has interesting things to say…but Lauren Conrad from Laguna Beach should not have a book published).
Where does Traci Nobles fall? I’d say somewhere between private citizen and public figure. It’s crazy that she’s publishing a book. These days, anyone who experiences their 15 minutes of fame decides to publish a book about it. But what kind of true societal value do these kinds of books have?
No offense, Ms. Nobles, but I don’t care what you have to say about your raunchy exchanges with Anthony Weiner. If Anthony Weiner himself publishes a book about his experience as the subject of a large political scandal, that is something I’d consider to have value.
This is not to say that Ms. Nobles’ comments on the situation don’t matter. But she can relay those thoughts to a journalist (who happens to be, ya know, a professional when it comes to writing), who can then publish a story about it. There’s no need for Ms. Nobles herself to write a book about her experience.