8 Responses to Is Blackberry the catalyst for ‘social media’ riots? (Social media satire 23)

  1. Great post Peter! And yes, love the humour & satire!!

    Politicians/police blaming social media/BlackBerry/RIM/BBM for the riots? This positioning is similar to blaming the weapon (gun, knife, baseball bat) for killing the victim instead of accusing the perp?

    SM/BlackBerry/BBM are tools and some inanimate objects. How can these tools cause a riot without a real person behind it? As you stated, politicians/police need to address the root causes of the riots and stop diverting the issue to social media.

    Root causes you ask? What about unemployment, low wages, high taxes, uncontrolled debt loads, excessive government spending, racism, unaccountable police for killing an unarmed man, etc? These socio-geo-political and economic causes are more likely to be the cause of the riots and not a tool like the Blackberry or a web service like Twitter!

    Thanks again for the great blog and keep them coming!

    • Peter says:

      Hi Edward,

      That’s probably the most impassioned response I’ve ever had to a blog post, instant goose bumps and probably because I agree 100%!

      How can you blame social media, it’s both sad and silly in equal amounts.

      It seems to me that the bankers were given, and are still being given, bonuses for the looting they did! I’m not justifying what happened AT ALL, but how many lives and businesses did the bankers and politicians ruin?

      Great comment, more power to you!! All the very best, Peter

  2. Dissatisfaction is what causes riots and smart phones along with social networks are just a newer means for expressing it. There was an old teaching I recall from back in the day that states when the people in any given area reach close to 100% dissatisfaction there will be a 100% change in that given area.

    • Peter says:

      Hi and thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

      I agree 100% and the fact that the ‘authorities’ just blamed social media is a joke!

      The excesses of recent years, particularly by big business, banks and politicians have not gone unnoticed by the general public and we’ve got a generation without much hope.

      The last time the UK economy was like this was in 1979 and it was around that time that Anarchy in the UK was in the charts, that was 30 years ago, I wonder what will happen next??

      That’s for your time, all the very best, Peter

  3. Lindsey says:

    So, if despite the new ad campaign, Gordon’s Gin sales now drop as people fear a good ole G n T could throw the country into disarray again, will you be responsible?!

    I wrote “Why Our Society will win eventually”

    I must now master photos, images and humour as you have. Kudos for another great piece!

    • Peter says:

      Hi Lindsay,

      Great comments and it looks as thought you got the humour sorted already!

      I read your blog post and it’s excellent and people have to win eventually BUT it’s not going to be easy, we’ve had years of excess and people have been lulled into a false sense of security with credit. Now the credit’s gone & we’re getting a taste of reality people are realizing that their past apathy about was going on within our society has cause some massive issues.

      We’re in a difficult place right now, not just the UK but the world and I’m just hoping my kids can have a decent future.

      We live in hope, all the very best and great to hear from you again, Peter (great blogging!)

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