Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Anti-social Network?



I'm TIRED of social media being judge, jury and executioner.

I'm TIRED of seeing pictures on Twitter of dead bodies sprawled in the street.

I'm TIRED of people making shit up and then that being passed around the internet as the truth.

I'm TIRED of people spreading racism and homophobia and then squealing about 'Freedom Of Speech"


Has 'Social' Media ever been as ANTI-SOCIAL as it is right now?


What do you think?

Let me know.



Big Fashionista x x
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  1. For the first time ever I have to slightly disagree with you! That is the whole point of social media - to be social. When we are social in other ways, i.e in the pub or at a party then different opinions are also expressed. Some we may not like, some we might and some will be inaccurate. That is the nature of humans interacting! Love ya still. Lynnette xx

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    1. Personally, as Kellie said, I don't think sharing dead bodies is social. Inciting racial hatred Isnt social, and spreading outright lies Isnt social. We are all too quick to jump on the media for inaccurate reporting, at times like this social media is much worse.

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    2. I have to agree with Lynette, these issues must be aired in public forums. Our western leaders have for decades messed around in foreign countries i.e. CIA/MI6 to manipulate other peoples lives behind our backs. We are now reaping the hatred that this has caused. We, the people, need to address this hatred out in the open with our strongest weapon, information. Let's keep talking as this leads to understanding.

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    3. I think the worst part for me is people standing by just taking pictures and videos on their phone.

      And then sharing it on networks, BEFORE their families may even know what's happened. Could you imagine seeing a loved one like that and that's the first you knew about it.

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    4. Kellie - I thought the same, the videos and images published before the family could be notified. Just the thought that they were seeing the news or reading the posts etc online without realising that it was their loved one who had been killed is just bloody horrendous. Very sad times x

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  2. I totally agree! We all share too much now, sharing every thought is what gets everyone in trouble. We used to keep things in our head and now every little thing is broadcasted and that's how so much of it seems anti social. If more opinions are out there, the more chance there is of it offending someone

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  3. Totally agree! On all points! The end!

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  4. I think for the most part, it WORKS. We knew about it first, we learnt things from those who were there. It becomes an issue when the media start taking these as eye witnesses.

    There should be a 'Retweet / 'share' responsibly course / meme to make people think before hitting that button.

    And ultimately, if we don't like what we see, we can step away from the likes of facebook, delete people, unfollow, mute hashtags. So there are ways of monitoring our own timelines x

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  5. I know what you mean, but actually, I think that in the negative cases, social media just presses fast forward on highlighting assholes. I have been connected to folk on social media and in life only to find out they're actually racist, sexist, homophobic or, in some cases, fairly fascist or just downright willfully ignorant. I am then glad to have the chance to just hit unfollow. I think by and large social media gives us the chance to say who we are and what we like and there has never been a time like now in history where so many people have been engaged in debate about how we live and where each of us is starting to get a sense of ownership for what we say or promote. Having said all that I can't abide Facebook, it's a total life-fuck and so much negativity is spawned from it. Makes me cringe just thinking of it.

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  6. I think you may be following the wrong people!? On my twitter feed all I get is how to make paper flowers, "funny" animal pics and a lot of parenting blogs. Not always thrilling but definitely not offensive, most people seem to have a fairly positive view on life from where I'm standing!

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    1. I TRY to follow lovely people. ;-) honest.

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  7. I completely agree with what you have written. I have actually taken to avoiding social media when something like this happens. It's not the I'm following the "wrong" people either. I follow all of the people I know and (for some of them) love, there's people I knew from school and a lot news accounts.

    Firstly, the people I know personally can often surprise me with the racist and insensitive slurs that they post. I had to unfriend around 10/15 people last night and I've had to unfollow people I actually liked, simply because I could not stand to read what they were tweeting/retweeting. While I agree that social media means being social, I cannot agree that social media leads to understanding. It does sometimes lead to understanding but more often than not I've had to watch someone write something offensive and it becomes "viral" among circles and that scares me. It is scary how quickly hate and ignorance can be spread.

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  8. I'm just fed up of the "LIKE to save a child in Africa" or bullshit stories about something that blatantly isn't true!

    Kelly || DayDreamsDaisyChains.com

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  9. Amen to all the above, have unfriended a number of people following last night as closet racists use vile acts to then promote their own misguided ignorant views.

    Social media is the same as any form of media - you need your own filter, you cant believe it all.

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  10. I agree. I was so disappointed with people yesterday evening. So sad that people think like that and were not afraid to shout loudly about it. I used to work in a newsroom and, during September 11th, saw horrific images which I am incredibly glad that most people didn't get to see. Maybe it is wrong that the media censor events, but I want to be able to log into my social media channels and choose whether or not I see images, rather than have them forced upon me. I am so saddened by the viciousness of people's comments yesterday. If so many people feel that way, then this country really is screwed.

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    1. As Raven said below, I found that Facebook was SO much worse than twitter. And these were people I knew.

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  11. Luckily I didn't have much on my twitter feed, FB was a different story. What pisses me off most are the Like this post for our fallen soldier, when it was a pic of a soldier who'd received the queens commendation and is actually alive, with the name on it as that of another different soldier who'd been stabbed in Cyprus. I pointed this out and got met with a hurl of abuse from a supposed friend. Saying I didn't care and I should get my facts right.. erm I did.

    I will wait until the name of the poor victim has been released through the correct channels before saying an RIP to him.

    I honestly didn't realise how xenophobic a lot of the people I know actually were, I was appalled really. Comments ranged from burn down the mosques and kick them out to put them all in camps... It's like we have travelled back n time to a certain era when Jewish , homosexuals, Catholics and gypsies and basically anyone a certain fascist didn't like that week, got put into camps.

    I'm trying to avoid social media today, before I end up writing a huge post about how fucking hypocritical people can be. Although it would be interesting to see who unfriended me because of it ;)

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  12. I do know what you mean. The bomb had just gone off in Boston and we were getting photos on twitter of victims before their families even knew, which isn't right. I've seen the picture of that "man" with bloodstained hands and a machete so many times today on different websites. It makes me feel uncomfortable, but I suppose it's part and parcel of it, everything's so instant now. I just tend to get offline when a big story breaks because I don't like to see it and I don't like how nasty twitter gets. I don't use facebook anymore so I don't know what it's like on there, presumably as hate-filled, racist and full of 'like' requests on fake pictures as usual.

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