Prince Harry, 35, has called for change in a lengthy article about social media use he wrote for Fast Company. In the essay titled “Social media is dividing us. Together, we can redesign it”, Harry urges companies “to take a stand for a more compassionate digital world.”
A writing analyst has claimed the “authoritative” tone Harry uses in the piece mirrors that of “a stern reprimand from the CEO” and suggests “he considers himself to carry very high levels of influence.”
The expert also claimed Harry’s tone seems to mirror that of teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg who is known for her impassioned speeches.
Writing analyst Judi James told Express.co.uk: “The most telling thing about the wording and tone of this essay is that it reveals exactly where Harry now intends to place himself on the world stage.
“This is Harry using words and tone that imply high levels of power and authority, plus an expert level of knowledge.
“His opening paragraph is written in the style of a stern reprimand from the CEO of a company and his constant use of what are called ‘critical parent’ words like ‘have to’ and ‘must’ hint that he considers himself to carry very high levels of influence.”
The first two paragraphs of Harry’s essay read: “A little over four weeks ago, my wife and I started calling business leaders, heads of major corporations, and chief marketing officers at brands and organisations we all use in our daily lives.
“Our message was clear: The digital landscape is unwell and companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth.”
According to Judi, Harry uses assertive language and the use of the word ‘must’ throughout the piece implies he is sending an order rather than making a plea.
In the sixth paragraph, Harry writes: “Companies that purchase online ads must also recognise that our digital world has an impact on the physical world—on our collective health, on our democracies, on the ways we think and interact with each other, on how we process and trust information.”
She said: “This is Harry speaking as one of a global power couple though, as he directly references Meghan throughout the letter.
“The way he refers to ‘the humane tech leaders we convened’ and the way they have been speaking with ‘leaders across the racial justice movement, experts in humane tech and advocates of mental health’ emphasises the fact that he considers he has lost none of his clout since quitting the royal firm and if anything he seems to feel his power to influence has increased with Meghan.”
Judi also noted how Harry’s use of technical language makes him come across as an expert.
She said: “Harry seems to have achieved a lot in a very small space of time as his choice of words and terms throughout this letter make it sound as though he has become an expert in many fields.
“He uses terms like ‘societal effects’, ‘transformative’ ‘antiquated guardrails’ and ‘algorithmically-driven’ that make him sound like someone speaking from within the tech industry.
“He writes in a way that takes ownership of his subject rather than someone who is quoting opinions from actual experts.”
According to Judi, the essay shows “a new version of Harry” that sees him freed from the restrictions of royal life.
She said: “This is a new version of Harry and it suggests he is enjoying what he sees as his new status without all the restrictions of royal rules and protocol.”
As well as channelling some his father Prince Charles’s campaigning energy, Judi claims Harry’s latest essay ‘channels Greta Thunberg.”
Judi added: “In many ways, he seems to have picked up the gauntlet that his father Charles often throws down to businesses in some of his campaigning speeches, but unlike his father, Harry is hard-hitting and appears to be organising campaigns that will force the changes he wants to see happen.
“I’d say he’s channelling the tone of some of Greta Thunberg’s speeches here, especially when he gets to the most passionate segment, where he even reverts to the use of italics to ask things like ‘What does this mean for our children?’
“Like Greta, Harry doesn’t mince his words when it comes to warnings of inaction, calling the situation a ‘crisis of hate, a crisis of health and a crisis of truth’.”
Published at Thu, 06 Aug 2020 23:01:00 +0000