Having recently witnessed a group of self-identified Lefties team up with a Right-wing Murdoch media personality to gang up on an ALP defender, to the point, they were all suddenly trained psychologists who could diagnose all sorts of mental instabilities from 140 characters, I realised that Left wing or Right wing, twitter is just for trolling.
Yes, both sides really are as bad as each other.
While we seek comfort in conforming to the opinions of others, not risking having a different opinion, as long as we tweet-nice to the biggest bully on the block, we are safe.
Be different, and you risk being a victim, like the smallest gazelle in the herd, cornered by the lions and hunted down and eaten.
Run with the herd, say what everyone else says, conform, don’t think, don’t be different – and you too just may be accepted for who you are.
My people. My community. Your opinions are welcome… until we decide they’re not.
I have witnessed Lefties swarm, hunt in packs, gang up on one person they don’t like, round-up a posse, and bitch and bitch and bitch, attack, attack, snipe until their victim sets their account to private, then they move on to target all the people who follow their victim, all based on whether they prefer Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard as prime minister, or their religion or postcode or sexuality – or something else just as trivial and insignificant.
I see Lefties all day making appallingly sexist misogynist vile comments about women. But apparently I’m supposed to laugh, because they come from a Leftie.
Um, no, voting for the ALP or Greens doesn’t somehow magically make your sexism and misogyny evaporate.
I see the most vile hateful inaccurate comments about Muslims (just tweet “Muslims deserve the same rights as all other Australians” or similar, and watch the racism and religiousism hit you thick and fast), apparently saying outrageous comments like “let’s get all the facts before we accuse people based solely on their assumed religion” is enough to warrant a torrent of abuse. Who knew that “all Muslims should be shot” – seems some Lefties on twitter seem to think so.
I have witnessed some viscous bitter on-going sagas, based on who is following who else… What is this like, you know, High school? I won’t be your friend if you are friends with that person?
The final straw came from an unlikely beginning:
I tweeted an Alan Jones comment about who he thinks should be allowed on “our” Cronulla Beach – home of the race riots in 2005 – locals against the Lebanese from the Western Suburbs.
And the hate tweets just rolled on in! Like a tide, it didn’t seem to end.
“These are our beaches, we decide who comes here and under what circumstances” was the general tone of the tweets.
The hypocrisy was bizarre in all its glory.
How exactly is that attitude any different from the anti-boat-people attitude these people protest against.
When I say “protest against” I don’t actually mean, these people take to the streets and march and wave placards, I mean they send out a few anti-western-suburbs-of-Sydney tweets.
Because in the world of twitter, making vile racist classist elitist discriminatory comments about people in the Western Suburbs is the New Anti Racist, Pro Refugee, Tolerance.
… And people think the Right reject reality and create their own. Ha!
Apparently people from the pretty white beaches don’t like it when you mention that they prefer their pretty white beaches Lebanese-free.
And could someone explain to me how the Western Suburbs are simultaneously full of “them”, “the brown people”, the “Other”, “foreigners”, and also full of rednecks? These anti-Westies can’t even get it straight WHY they hate the Western Suburbs, maybe they are just different, maybe they are just simply “NOT US”.
Is it classism, racism, or just good old-fashioned elitism that makes people feel entitled to shout as much hate towards the Western Suburbs as they like: “they’re just all rednecks anyway”, they’re just all “low-life fringe dwellers* (that one came from the ever classy Sandra Eckersley on twitter)”
There are more people who live in the Western Suburbs of Sydney than in all of Tasmanian, South Australia, ACT and Northern Territory combined, and yet, if politicians visit the suburbs and take an interest in their opinions they are condescendingly referred to as “pandering”.
*Note: There was over 1,530,000 google results to the phrase “pandering to the western suburbs”
*Note: Pandering technically means “the facilitation or provision of a prostitute in the arrangement of a sex act with a customer”.
So why do we never say that Politicians are whoring themselves when they visit South Australia or Northern Territory, why is it something reserved for the Western Suburbs of Sydney, are the people who live there subhuman, sub-citizens, less than entitled to full benefits of being a voter? Seriously, why do we even let them Westies vote!
The same people who spend all day lecturing others about the rednecks in the western suburbs of Sydney, the xenophobics in the western suburbs of Sydney who want boat people in concentration camps, the same people governments “pander” to – are the very same people these non-Westies have no problem vilifying.
I’m baffled to understand how insulting, stereotyping, and demonising people based on where they live proves your own tolerance and fair-go values.
And this is what passes as intellectual debate on twitter.
It is brutal.
“Oh well, it you can’t handle it, get off twitter” people will say.
They then proceed to attack the Right for their misogynist anti-Gillard comments. As if those two things weren’t connected, or at least similar.
So, do I stay, and defend my right to tweet? or do I finally admit that twitter is filled with group-think anti-intellectuals who value bullying above all else, and realise, it is just not worth the time or energy to give it a second thought.
Deactivate and walk away.
The racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, geographic hate is… well, frankly, it’s boring.
Oh. My. Darwin! It is so boring watching people have troll-fights over opinions. The same fights, every day. The same opinions. Pointless. Mind-numbingness, staggeringly pointless.
(because has anyone ever said “Oh you have spent three days harassing me, bullying me, berating me, I will change my opinions to match yours now”)
You win a debate on twitter, what does that prove. You are more vile, nasty, and hate-filled than the person you are attacking? Bravo, take a bow.
You can attack someone on twitter until they leave? What does that prove? What a legend.
Does it prove that you’re a better human being than they are?
Does it prove that the Left is angelic and pure, while the Right is nasty and full of vitriol?
Does it just fill up the hours in your boring, useless, pathetic little life that you think you gain anything at all by driving others off twitter…… Victory. You win The Twitter, Champion.
How is sniping with the hate and insults good for the Left? Another voice silenced because it is easier to walk away than deal with the hate day in, day out.
In fact, that is the object of twitter, that is how you win, to troll all day, until everyone else leaves, and you are the last account active.
Wait, what? You mean it isn’t? So many on the Left seem to think so.
And so I got out, silenced, no more (for the foreseeable future) social networking for the Left, for the values of justice and tolerance.
And this was the tweet that did it; nothing bad, nothing extreme, no threats of violence / sexual violence which sometimes appear on twitter, it was just pathetic and bitter and boring and a bit of an over reaction:
You @gonehomer, are the epitome of the pointlessness of twitter.
Why is it necessary for you to be so disgusting and bitter because someone unfollows you?
and @GoneHomeR I didn’t block you because you’re a “Westie”, but because you are an elitist, who actually thinks (or at least tweets) as if where people live makes them better than someone who lives someplace different.
And the fact that you think me talking about geographic discrimination makes me a bigot, shows your own elitism.
Yup. Nothing I love more than following people who call me a “bigot”…. you must think I’m really stupid as if I would want to continue following you. And then you get all precious and insulting because I don’t like it and block you? Is your ego really so delicate that being unfollowed – as a result of your insults – really worth the unhinged tweets that followed? Poor petal.
Because if you really think where you live makes you a better person than someone who lives in a different postcode, perhaps, deep down you really are a racist elitist Right-winger who would find more in common with the Liberal Nationals than the Left.
And, I didn’t unblock. I deactivatived, pity you that you don’t know the difference.
If you really think you do the Left a service by insulting people, you’re not. (Oh poor Gonehomer, must be just as fragile too, because s/he is still bitching about being blocked even after I walked away from Twitter).
By visiting twitter without logging in and doing a search on my old name (“turnleft2013“) I could see the hate still flow.
And Gonehomer is out there, arguing with him/herself. Bless his/her little hate-filled heart.
You kept going, hours after I had deactivited the account… You don’t think there is something a little bizarre, odd, strange, unstable, unhinged, about debating an account that no longer exists?
Oh you amuse me with your bile and bitterness, Wow, you win twitter. Champion of the world. You are a joke. A trolly small insignificant little joke.
I didn’t leave because of YOU gonehomer, I just finally realised that I don’t want to end up like you, a nasty, bitter, small, degraded human being who insults people, then continues to insult them after they’ve walked away.
The amount of racism, classism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, elitism, misogyny coming FROM the Left towards others on the Left is shocking.
Shocking…. not quiet, it is social media, perhaps the word I am a looking for is “pointless”, or maybe “boring”, or “trivial”, or “distraction”, or “so-1999”, but shocking, no, it is just typical.
Of course I may be back, there are too many good people, Left, Right, Centre, Unaligned, but at the moment, it is just not fun.
*Hint: the western suburbs of Sydney is one of the most ethnically diverse places on the planet, statistics say behind only Miami and Vancouver – so this anti-boat-people sentiment you rage against, is not coming from the pretty bleached white suburbs, it is coming from places more racially diverse than where you live and lecture others from… which doesn’t actually make sense. You just like to think you’re better than someone else, based on their postcode.
*Glossary: Wikipedia tells me that Fringe Dweller” is a name given to groups of Aboriginal Australians who camp on the outskirts of Australian towns and cities. So to use the phrase Fringe Dweller to insult people in the far western suburbs is either bordering on racist or straight up classist. Either way, it shows your own prejudice.
“You can build an abattoir on Anzac Cove You can invade Poland, scream, “Death to the foe!” You can cut the ozone layer down by thirds. Just don’t come from the Western Suburbs” – TISM
disclaimer: I do NOT live in the Western Suburbs of Sydney,
although, I may be back on twitter, right now, there are too many people there who just way too sanctimonious and bigoted in their elitism to want to spend much time in their company