Is Blackberry the catalyst for ‘social media’ riots? (Social media satire 23)
As a social media blogger I never expected to be getting into social media politics, but it’s the 21st century and here we are.
Is it foolish to blame social media, or more specifically Blackberry, for the recent riots in London and around the UK? Yes, of course it is.
However, because BBM is an encrypted service that is owned and operated by RIM (Research In Motion), the manufacturers of Blackberry, and RIM refuse to allow the authorities access to their clients messages, Westminster considers that Blackberry could well be the catalyst for the riots.
If the rioters didn’t have Blackberry’s would they find another way to communicate? Of course they would! Will some people be put off buying Blackberry products and will Blackberry, or RIM, be found guilty by association? Probably, or at least to some extent and to me, that just doesn’t seem right.
Some of the ‘gangsta’s’ used BMX bikes apparently, maybe we should ban BMX bikes too? They wore trainers too, maybe we should also ban trainers?
We’ve had plenty of riots in the UK over the years and long before social media and Blackberry! Did they have Blackberry’s in the 1743 London Gin riots? I don’t think so! What we really need to look at is the cause of the riots.
Is social media really to blame? Social media is a big subject and covers a lot of ground, should we also blame LinkedIn, Quora, Behance and Google+? They’re social media platforms; maybe we should be more specific or perhaps we should also include nujij, virb and xerpi? Social media is social media, right?
That’s enough about riots and who exactly is to blame, I’m sure enough time and money will be spent by experts looking into the cause and effect over the next decade or two.
Inspired by a little research I carried out that turned up some interesting facts, I recently wrote a blog post about the politics spam. The result so far has been an average response and a few days of severe paranoia due to a weekend dip in blog traffic. Maybe it’s just me? Maybe it’s because a lot of people are on holiday right now, but ever since the post went out my blog traffic has dropped! Maybe I’ll stick to writing more positive content and not get involved with potential hackers that might not appreciate what I have to say.
I recently read an article from Cori Padgett on CopyBlogger about finding your blogging voice and it reminded me that I recently recommended two new bloggers, friends from Twitter and Empire Avenue. I wondered what I would have done if their blog posts hadn’t actually as been as good as I had expected, what would I have said to those guys? Blogging may seem easy, but consistency is key and finding around 750 words of interesting content with interesting graphics or photographs and publishing posts at least twice a week, isn’t always that easy.
Let’s face it, not everyone is destined to blog! If you find blogging hard and you struggle with ideas and words, take up jogging instead, it sounds almost the same.
It was only last week that I was speculating if Klout would continue to expand and connect to other social media platforms and lo and behold they have! I wondered if they’d connect to WordPress and Posterous among others and apparently, they’re considering it.
How about Empire Avenue and StumbleUpon? Come on Klout, do the right thing! CLICK here for the current Klout networks, coming soon WordPress, Quora, Yelp and Posterous. I said that all the time and effort time put into Empire Avenue was justified, didn’t I?
Let me know what you think about Klout and the effects of its recent growth in connections.
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- Minority Report – Predicting A Riot Is Impossible On Social Media (techcrunch.com)
- The UK Is Considering Shutting Down Twitter, Social Media After Huge Riots (businessinsider.com)
- Cameron Exploring Crackdown on Social Media After Riots (nytimes.com)