Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

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As some may know, I enjoy a bit of a play on twitter now and then. I find the immediacy entertaining, not to mention the continual amounts of “fail” that occurs when corporations or overblown egos come face to face with the real public and are unable to avoid their responses.

I especially love the idea that politicians and those who seek power feel compelled to actually engage. If a tweet is framed reasonably it must be tough to avoid answering. Occasionally you get answers which is more than any other medium provides.

Anyway, in response to one of my tweets the leader of Stockton Borough Council, Robert Cook engaged…
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The awful grammar of someone who is in charge of a public authority aside, his point being I do not use my real name.

Is it a fair one? After all I do not use my real name here either, and I am on occasion somewhat disparaging about some people in positions of power.

In response, I think no.

There are several reasons I prefer to remain largely anonymous (largely as a fair few people know full well who I am)

My main concern is that of my loved ones. Those who take issue with matters of fact yet want to know your name are seeking to make it personal. They want to play the man not the ball. If they are prepared to do that then they may be prepared to attack those near to me convicted of their guilt by association. I am not willing to risk their professional or personal well being.

Next it is precisely because they wish to make it personal. Without a name they must engage the point, the topic or the argument. They cannot sidestep valid points of question so easily. Since I make no points using my past behaviour as a supporting argument then my past behaviours or positions are irrelevant.

Lastly protection. I may be employed in a sensitive position, I may be in charge of a controversial project, I may do business with those I criticise and wish to keep taking their money, or it may be more personal. Perhaps, yes, I am your father.
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So I guess my point here would be. Why do you want to know? I am not seeking gain power over my fellow man. Quite the opposite I wish I could be left alone. I do not seek to tell others how to live, I would have us leave each to live how they chose. I do not seek to take your earnings, your liberty or your belongings. Why does my name matter?

At best because you want to check I am a voter of yours. That’s cynical and makes points no less valid. At worst it is so you can attack me personally instead of my arguments. Even more cynical, intellectually and morally bankrupt and does nothing to argue against any point I may make.

So in my more usual language. Stop avoiding the question and actually give the people that pay for these arse-brained ideas an answer.

North Korea and China must be kicking themselves. All the time, effort and money on censoring the internet and combating twitter. Turns out all you need is some faux outrage caused by a supposedly free media about someone goading an Olympic athlete

Tom Daley, photogenic media darling of the British Olympic team didn’t win. Apparently the media seem to think that the gold was his by rights I think. Anyway, someone known as ‘Rileyy69’ hit twitter and said: “You let your dad down i hope you know that.”

Now bear in mind Daley lost his father last year and is 17. Upsetting? Certainly. Likely to offend? Almost certainly. But worthy of a police investigation, resources and an arrest? Really? Is there really a need to hunt down each and every comment that may cause offense on the internet? Daley is a public figure. He participates in events that he knew would attract media attention. If it comes as a shock that there may be some people willing to wind him up then how the hell did he survive a playground as a kid? Will we be issuing extradition requests for anyone on the internet in foreign countries who say something the Daily Mail finds offensive? When is everyone just going to grow up and get over it?

Meanwhile, some G4S drone spits at and verbally abuses a soldier who is made to cancel leave and fill in for the great cluster fuck that is G4S by doing their job for them, not so much as a caution so far for what is certainly common assault, and possibly worse.

The internet is dying on it’s arse. Enjoy it while you can before it the likes of the drug fueled Menschotron are able to get their way

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