Thought for the Day – via Lance Wiggs

This from Lance Wiggs. Who, if you are on Twitter, you should follow. Even when he’s wrong, he’s interesting.

“You are entirely at the mercy of poorly coded algorithms and the arbitrary judgement of some 20 year old Frappuccino swilling douchebeard”

— Lance Wiggs (@lancewiggs) September 12, 2016

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‘Be like Bill’ – What are we, eight year olds?

The latest Internet meme, if you haven’t seen it yet, is the awful,Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 7.38.06 AM infantilising, “be like Bill” thing.

It features, funnily enough, character called Bill. He is a stick figure depicted doing something  praiseworthy: cleaning his fingernails, washing his hands, putting the cushions away after Morning Talk – that sort of thing.

Yes folks: social media has come to this. People are now using it to treat each other like eight-year-olds.

At some point in the last year social media has become a kind of free range Singaporean government, if such a beast can be imagined.

Not only are you pulled up for using the wrong metaphor,  (columnist David Slack attracted much tut-tutting for using the Salem witch trials as a simile in a column on the weekend) but there are now these annoying little poster-ettes  which urge correct behaviour upon us all.

And we’re doing it to each other. It is not some centralised bureaucracy in a government, not some overbearing religious leader or assembly doing this.

The finger wagging, the bossy boots: it is all now being crowd sourced.

The  only sensible, rational, spirited response to any of this hideous, overbearing bossiness is a hearty raspberry – and failing that, a full throated PISS OFF. 

I love social media and its capacity to share views, facts, ideas, humour and philosophy.

It should be – as previous revolutions in communication have been – channels to widen and deepen the spread of ideas.

But this is turning into a narrow avenue of mean spiritedness, spite and self righteousness.

 

 

Thought for the day 

 

I don’t know what it means when Facebook tells me I have received a ‘poke’ from someone, but it makes me most uneasy. 

-Alexander Chancellor, writing in the Spectator –