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Why? December 13, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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This from last week during the late hours of the election really struck me:

Candidates in this election received abuse or insulting remarks in 16.5% of mentions or replies about them on Twitter, a snapshot analysis has found.
PoliMonitor, supported by a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, analysed 139,564 tweets referencing the 2,503 candidates on the social networking site published on Monday 11 November 2019 referencing.. It found that 23,039 were abusive.
By contrast, analysis on abuse received by candidates in the 2017 general election by the University of Sheffield found that approximately 4% of tweets mentioning candidates were abusive, although as the methodology is different, the results are not directly comparable.

What kind of a person decides sending an abusive tweet to a politician is a political act? Detesting the Tories is perhaps one of the central aspect of my own political life, but sending abuse their way rather than actual political activity to ensure that those I want to see elected seems to me to be the most hollow form of protest.

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1. alanmyler - December 13, 2019

Oh I don’t know, I’ve certainly abused FG canvassers the odd time if they call to the door. I must be mellowing though, the past couple of times I’ve been quite polite in telling them why I’d never even consider voting for them.

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WorldbyStorm - December 13, 2019

I think it can build cohesion in the group! Our not entirely beloved Minister for Finance arrived at the door at the last election. I said, ‘thanks but no thanks’, took his leaflet and closed the door firmly, though I do think when they come to your door you’re entitled to be a bit more engaged!

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2. Liberius - December 13, 2019

There is an immediacy problem with twitter, having the ability to fire off comments right there in front of you at the time you see a political communication is horrifically tempting, have fallen foul of this myself even though I try not to.

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3. sonofstan - December 13, 2019

Almost the only time I’ve been actively rude to a politician was to a BLP candidate in 2015 who, when I tackled him about that immigration mug, accused me of being a Trot.

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4. Alibaba - December 14, 2019

‘Threats and abuse against MPs are not new. … Has it got worse? Yes, it has. Brexit has released a nasty strain of chauvinism which has always lurked not far beneath the surface. But Brexit is not the only factor.’

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n22/chris-mullin/short-cuts

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