Instant Criticism

The way the world works has changed. It’s flipped in a strange zeitgeist way that some won’t be able to understand and that some parts of the world won’t fully grasp. It is the immediate, and the right now, and the fact that suddenly there is nowhere for anyone to hide. I am talking about the random musings of anyone in the world that can suddenly become a snowballing effect into a massive, powerful movement that will in the future change the world and change the way the world is seen.

Recently, I have seen several rather powerful backlashes appear minutes after the events have taken place. I took part in the Twitter Joke Trial outrage, have seen the outrage of England’s World Cup bid failure, the demonstrations and protests at the rise in tuition fees, and the dispelling of ludicrous and shameful articles written in newspapers in moments from when they are published. And this new instant feedback loop is something that needs to be understood.

For example, let’s take the recent Daily Mail column from total fuckwit Richard Littlejohn. A disabled man was pulled from his wheelchair during a protest – I don’t know if I disagree with the police action because the fact that he was at the protest means that if he is causing trouble, the police have a duty to deal with him. It appears that there is a small likely hood that he was causing trouble and the police, having seen the news during the day, most likely did over use their force. What followed was a strange, confused, cannot-believe-it-was-printed column that was rightfully taken apart by other blogs that are better versed with the subject.

My point is that in the past the outrage that would’ve rose from such a column would have to wait until another newspaper decided to take a pop at it or the Press Complaints Committee had to deal with it. In the past the offender would be able to hide behind passing time before having to deal with the bay public’s opinion on what they wrote – that day is long gone. With commenting sections on newspaper sites, they encourage comments (and, in some cases, moderate them) but it is not here that you will find the protest.

On Facebook you can start a group to campaign against anything in seconds and within hours have hundreds, if not thousands, of followers and people supporting your cause. This is undoubtedly a great thing. It is like an instant zeitgeist pulse, a measurement on how the country and the world takes news, and importantly, gives everyone in the world a level playing field in which to vocalise their outrage. To see how important Twitter has became, all you have to do is take a look at todays trending topics – the topics that Twitter users have been most talking about. Today, one of the topics is “Jody” which relates to the above assault. The UK is talking, retweeting, messaging and discussing the police about an incident and a BBC interview that only happened days ago.

However, there is a bias on Twitter. The people that are most likely to tweet their views are those of the youth, and possibly the more liberal, so it’s not exactly a perfect representation of the public’s views, but what it does do is give anyone writing an article about anything the worry or enjoyment that instant criticism or instant news recoil will happen. It can be used for good or for bad, and as most say, any publicity is good publicity.

With the recent internet attacks on PayPal, Amazon, Mastercard and others by the internet group Anoymous, it is clear that there is a strange war that will be fought on an invisible battle field. It has already begun, and the old, non-evolving ways of thought will lose.

Note: I hate the Daily Mail and the Daily Star. I LOVE reading Tabloid Watch, The Angry Mob and Enemies of Reason because they get it - they get that the old way Newspapers used to make their mark - outlandish opinion pieces, crusades, campaigns and EXCLUSIVES that used to work, don't and won't any more and make the papers look like the garbage they always were.