‘The establishment uses Twitter to demonise the public’ – Brendan O’Neill vs Ash Sarkar

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spiked’s editor Brendan O’Neill debates Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar on Sky News. They discuss free speech, online abuse and the establishment’s use of Twitter to assert its authority over normal people.

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Paul Carlin

14th October 2019 at 10:05 pm

Excellently presented arguments from Mr O’N. My own opinion on ‘twitter’ is that it’s the perfect platform for fools to bawl their nonsense across the village square, to drown out the bellowing from the village idiot on the other side of the green. Other platforms are available, but I know nothing of them; I prefer places such as this very one, where sane people speak sense, and common noddle, intellect and occasionally humour prevail.

(Incidentally, you’re …Irish? You utter b*****.)

Stephen J

13th September 2019 at 8:18 am

To my mind the problem with social media is the distance involved.

One of the first examples of the medium would have been the London coffee shops during the 17th and 18th centuries. These places sprang up following the introduction of coffee here as an alternative to the tavern and public drunkenness.

The way in which they developed was that habitués of the city would gather at the shop that most closely resembled the kind of business that they did, i.e. insurance, stockbroking etc.. They would sit at the large communal tables and discuss events, and then they would buy or sell based on that intelligence.

Clearly, it only worked if people were reasonably honest, so if someone was perceived as not playing the game, they were likely to receive a tasty smack in the chops. Of course this sort of thing rarely happened, because the rules were right in your face.

We don’t even know where a twitter/facebook attack is coming from, which makes it relatively easy to act without taking any responsibility.

Jerry Owen

3rd September 2019 at 11:53 am

Ash Sarkar was given the first question and the last. The bias is always there.

George Lennan

13th September 2019 at 10:41 am

The remainer always goes first – always “Femi if I can come to you first…”

jessica christon

3rd September 2019 at 10:56 am

Whenever I see biased, emotionally led interviewing it’s almost always being done by a woman and it’s cringey to watch. It’s because of things like this I started avoiding mainstream media; these days I prefer YouTube and podcasts instead.

Steve Maca

4th September 2019 at 1:07 pm

Probably because you don’t like to hear what you hear. The amount of crap that is just made up by anybody from around the world and put on the likes of YouTube is astounding.

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