Collaborative Culture 18-24th March 2013

Social Media Highlights from the week that was 18-24th March 2013

“You can’t blame them for losing, they’re only English” – A Welsh Rugby Fan, Facebook.

England got well and truly hammered by the Welsh in a game when Wales never really looked in danger. The problem I have is not with the match itself, it was won fairly and squarely by the Welsh team but the aftermath was not what you’d call sporting by ‘modern standards’. What I mean by that is everything was very civilized. There was just a critical analysis of the game from both sets of fans, a little bit of mickey-taking but generally all in good humor. Football, it’s fans and certainly it’s players can learn a lot from rugby. There is too much business wheeling and dealing in football, it’s a game for sharks. The fans are mostly uptight and blinded to how heartless their players perform and the players, well if you pay someone a yearly wage that many wouldn’t see in a lifetime, regardless of how they perform on the pitch you’re asking for it. I was so impressed by the way the 6 Nations was organised and the conduct of the fans I’m actually starting to become a bit of a rugby fan again for the first time in over 15 years!

“So the chancellor has f**ked us over a barrel again” – An analysis on Twitter.
“Well done Osbourne, finally getting the job done” – Another analysis on Twitter (possibly a Tory Boy).

If one event can divide and conquer the British public it’s the Budget Announcement. Mostly people moan, some – possibly with secret political alliances, will stir everyone else up and offer a spin-driven analysis of how certain people will actually be better off. Well everyone deserves their opinion but pretty much all of them you’ll find on social media are uninformed and one-dimensional. I could easily blame people for pandering to the hype but the truth is if government profit and loss (let’s call it what it really is) was much clearer we’d all be able to get a better-informed opinion. But of course they don’t want that because it would be glaringly obvious how much they fiddle the numbers to sweeten the blow or exaggerate problems. It’s all a load of bullshit and I have my own opinions on what the real cause of the financial problems are but I’ll chose to leave them off record this time thanks. (Well, there’s a first time for everything)!

“Tough motorcycle…“ Dazzle Rebel in response to a post called “Tough Chevy” showing a chevy in the snow – Facebook 23/03/2013


We all know that in the UK we’re obsessed by the weather. It’s the end of March and we’re getting snow, it must be the end of the world! Everyone it seems is now complaining about climate change – finally. How many of you buggers were denying it was happening even as little as 10 years ago. Now all those nay-sayers are turning into tree-hugging hippies saying we’ve all got to do our bit for the planet, while simultaneously watching the tele, typing furiously on their laptop, surfing on their tablet and holding a conversation on their mobile, eating highly processed foods that contain ‘some kind’ of meat and with the heating on full instead of putting on an extra layer. Well done you super-green person! How much of climate-change is human activity and how much is natural still divides the scientific and political bodies (most that say human activity has nothing to do with it will be found out in years to come as being backed by big-industry in much the same way as happened with the tobacco industry in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s). Still the one truth remains, it’s happening so we better learn to deal with it because being afraid to drive in the snow is no excuse for not getting your ass to work. I managed to ride the motorcycle above 100 miles in it on Saturday so get over it!

So that was the week that was, what will this week bring?