A website. Owned by someone, with capacity for a lot of users. Like Myspace.
You start with a survey carried out by Scope(who used Workfare by the way), which looks at the increase in hate speech and bullying of disabled people, as a result of the agreed narrative from all our media organisations, about benefit cheats. You stick a sub heading on which blames benefit cheats for the increase in abuse disabled people are receiving. Describe government propaganda about 55% of claimants being cheats as data, and then hey ho…..Genius.
Added; I am a bit shocked that Twitter did that.
This article in Inside Housing is great, Inside Housing is frequently great actually. It talks about asian investors buying up London Property and references another article by the same author, which examines the effect of London Property being treated as a reserve for the wealthy.
What I would say, is that for London Property to be that investment, it really needs many things which our current crisis put in jeapordy, and months ago there were warnings that if the Euro should break up, then London Property would be hit particularly hard.
Since then, events have developed.
”The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness…”
Our political parties like swarming as a political technique online. It creates the impression they give a shit about something for a second and it gives their echochamber amplification. Luke Bozier revealed they also consider people with twitter accounts legitimate targets for the defamation and harassment that can hide underneath this. The structure of the political debate our establishment sells, requires hate speech and an indifference to an extraordinary amount of reality. It creates the noise that allows reality to be drowned out and establishes the technique as legitimate and the structure of debate.
Our political media used to rely on the distance their elitism allowed, gradually increasing right of reply as the internet broke down their walls. Party political media figures now always at the head of twitter storms declaring their usefulness, and many of our political media poppets relying on swarms of acolytes to ensure dissent is shouted down so they can avoid addressing criticism. Free Speech is not the only casualty so far.
It is an attempt to dehumanise the person you are swarming, so that you are used to dehumanising people. So you will define an entire person solely on the basis of 140 characters, or a narrow ideological or identity label, or an objectionable statement. One cannot predict what crime is being committed, because it is entirely in your perspective and values, or the idea you are following, groupthink demands the tribe all agree, which is possible when the perspectives and values are so similar and you only know a name, a comment, or an action. Whether they know about the idea you follow, or agree, is irrelevant.
That that was the technique that defined online activism is why twitter is quickly being devalued as a useful tool for people to communicate politically. which is also very useful snd rather the point. But social media is hardwired to learn, because people are, bubbles don’t burst when they are made of people, they evolve. People move on or grow up.
The media hungry radical left rummage through other people’s history, lifting as many anachronistic terms that will allow them to swarm and attack as they can possibly manage. Any excuse to shout at someone, to protect their rightful privilege, while they dine out on hardship. ACAB, Scab or just existing outside an ideology or political belief. Like the vicar finding out you had an abortion, the ideologue finding out your reality contradicts their dogma turns quickly. There can be no real solidarity with someone whose humanity is so easily overridden by beliefs they choose. The acronym is irrelevant it’s all just a fairly homogenous tribe shouting at someone because they are again entitled to.
Righteousness can easily disguise that what you are doing is harassing, bullying, defaming, scaring, and swarming another human being en masse, for having an opinion or reality that isn’t yours. A real person who you don’t know. Labour factions rely on swarms demanding you agree their position is not what it actually is, even if that means denying your own reality. This is while conflating personalities with ideas so you only have the option of addressing the person, at which point attitudes to how interaction occurs change dramatically.
The same blindness and groupthink takes hold regardless of the morality of the cause or the consequences for the person you are swarming, because those swarming are not thinking, the medium and the culture giving them the right. It’s why people who considered themselves my “twitter-friends” saw me having to send my daughter elsewhere and have police repeatedly come to my house, as a legitimate consequence of a perfectly reasonable action, 5 years before I knew them, The ideology they learned said so. ‘Tactics’ which should alarm ANY adult used to interacting with a world away from a laptop screen or “other lefties”, become acceptable when aimed at someone with a twitter account whose existence falls outside the ideology you defined your login with.
I should think the idea that that was a political technique will amuse and horrify people in future, and while the concern about trolls is admirable, it would be easier to deal with them if they didn’t blend in so seamlessly with the requirements of those at the heart of the establishment.
The frankly nauseating spectacle of the twitter two minutes hate with targets decided by a stampede with the turning circle of a London Cab has begun to bore people. It’s ugly and it is disturbing, and with the homogenous tribal elitism and misogyny of our political class, is especially nasty if you are not a MUCOW That structure still defining the cliques who are not, because they orbit the media who are.
It’s dangerous, people are not who they seem on the internet. Inside those twitter storms (I’ve had a few) there are usually one or two who hang around for a week or so, its easy to pick up fixations on the net. They can be local, they can hang on for several years, having someone fixated on a fantasy idea of you that you cannot challenge is not fun. Not so easy to shake them off, and certainly not with a political press who ensure that deeply intimidating behaviour is normalised as political discourse or technique.
Most people on twitter don’t have a newspaper office or a party office to hide behind, something the irresponsible hacks dining out on it could do well to remember, You you only see a sliver of a persons life through a twitter id, you can’t see if someone is vulnerable or dangerous or ill when you are encouraging this kind of behaviour as the norm, or witchunting those who are part of the culture created. Chris Dillow here bringing attention to Helen Lewis after some of her more irresponsible articles.
Separate tribes willing to turn on their own and attack everyone else are very useful to our political establishment. It is amusing that twitter took the torch of the tabloids it declared itself the antithesis of…Those for whom twitter storms are bread and butter are remarkably thin skinned, barely able to cope with being aware people know how limited their output is. never mind be subjected to the techniques they sell as campaigning against hate.
Maybe when this bubble bursts, we can start having rational conversations about things again? It is at least time to look at those who champion twitter storms as political action, and ask what they are really trying to achieve.
The original and the best twitterstorm ever. Balloon boy.
Ok, so last night was a child free night. Me and boy settled in to watch a movie, possibly smoke some dubious cigarettes, and at about 10pm. I checked Twitter.
The top trending topic was ‘Yo Balloon Boy’. I clicked on, expecting to find a rather dull story, about a boy and a balloon. Oh how I was wrong.
So early yesterday, 6 year old Falcon(yes, that would be his name…..)…went into his back yard, and was playing with his fathers already inflated, ready to go, hot air balloon. Yes. You heard me right. Falcon, had access to a balloon, capable of lifting the 6 year old child, and carry him for miles, in his backyard-ready to go.
Can you even imagine being 6, daddy having hot air balloon in the yard, and not being able to t0uch it. This is akin to leaving a child in a room, with…
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Sarah Kerton, I stole it from you, I am crediting it here and will never credit it again.
Underneath our twitternonsense, news-nonsense, surreal Olympic summer, people are now frightened. People at the top.
Advice to lefties by Owen Jones on how to talk to the proles. Don’t use jargon, ground your ‘examples’ in real peoples lives and go blairite with language….and why protesting against the Iraq war is not the same thing as opposing the economic system that demanded that war and our poverty so we arent interested….(he should have gone on one of marches with 2 million people), Finally, make sure you make a friend who isn’t a lefty….LOVE IT!!! I got sent this after this mornings entertainment. Is too funny not to share.God I am juvenile.
I agree with Jones, if you are going to lead the proles out of their docile slumber to not challenge Labour, it is best to make a friend who isn’t a lefty first….If it wasn’t so funny it would be terrifying.
Added later. The non lefty friend is apparently only required so you can learn to pick apart the right’s argument…there are two types of people…lefties and righties…and they all argue about ‘the poor’…
It occurs to me, that seeking out a class identity on an internet social network, where you are connected to people solely by shared views, may not be wisest. But if what you are looking for is a glimpse of how our media class behave as a class, to see how that self reinforcing culture works to create narratives about class that are palatable for them to maintain their place in the status quo, twitter is the place to go today. Fascinating stuff.
Inherited socialism, who’d a thunk it?