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Ugly Social Media - Stuart Lennon

Ugly Social Media
Stuart
  • On February 11, 2016
  • http://stuartlennon.com
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Click on this if….

No. Stop it.

Gradually, I am overcoming the dramatic gastric impact of Spinning, which is a great relief to the dog and many local residents.

However, I am increasingly annoyed by the tactics some organisations are using to garner positive social media statistics. You know the posts that I mean;

“Like this page if you believe that a soldier who saved his platoon, sacrificing his life should be honoured while this malicious paedophile should not!”

Seems a bit of a no-brainer.

Then you look to see that the post originates from a page called “Lovely fluffy British folk”. Curious fellow that I am, I look at this page.

It turns out that the page should more accurately be called;

“Racist, xenophobic dimwits? You have found your online home.”

Many of these ‘like-farm’ posts are using images of the military to lure people to anti-immigration or anti-muslim organisations. The implication being a polar relationship. “Military Good, Military fight Bad. Immigration Bad. Muslim Bad.”

I thought I might take a moment to relate to you an anecdote.

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(Getty Image taken from the Independent website)

I live adjacent to Salisbury Plain, home to Stonehenge and essentially an adventure playground for the British Army. I play golf (badly) at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club, which as the name might suggest, has strong military connections.

Tidworth is a garrison town.

On Tidworth high street, I went for a haircut in a busy barbers. Three barbers were working and four more customers were waiting. I’m fairly certain I was the only non-serving military man there. I was the only one not in camoflauge for a start.

The standard cut seemed to be, “number 2 back and sides and short tidy on top please Kemal.”

You see the barbers were all Muslim Turks. Really.

Immigrants too. Good heavens.

Please don’t associate images of the British military with stupidity, ignorance or prejudice. They’re way too good for that.

Incidentally – best haircut I’ve had in ages.

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  1. I’ve got quite cynical (or maybe I always was) and have a look at who originated the post and/or in places like Snopes before sharing or liking posts. It does take up valuable seconds in my busy life, but I’d rather that than unwittingly seem to support groups whose ‘values’ are very different from my own or spread anger or fear along with hoaxes.

    • It is quite sinister how these groups clothe themselves in less extreme garb. Sneaky.

  2. Marion Witney

    i’ve been caught out. My son pointed out that i had ‘liked’ a post put on FB by an extreme Right wing group….i soon removed my ‘like’

    • Me too – they are sneaky bar stewards.

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