Archive | August 2013

Re: “The Mandatory Tweets of the Left”

There’s an article on The Telegraph’s website named “The Mandatory Tweets of the Left: a user’s guide“. It’s a wry look at left-wing Twitter users and the fact they they always seem to mention the phenomenon of white girls jumping in photos on A Level results day. This is such a recognised thing now that even The Telegraph themselves are commenting it’s ubiquitousness in that link.

The points they make poke fun at many people on Twitter who do a lot of what they say – there really are people who are quite like that. My point is, though, that it’s a bit rich to poke fun at well-meaning people.

It is generally the case in my experience that left-wing leaning people are nicer, more tolerant and more socially minded that those with right-wing inclinations. People with right-wing thoughts seem to focus more on the perceived negative impacts of social groups, nationalities or individuals.

I follow a member of my extended family on Twitter and the stuff they retweet is often hateful and negative propaganda from parties on the margins of the political spectrum. It’s not nice. However, even some of this can be looked at in more than one way.

For example, this was also tweeted:

I think that’s an interesting and potentially good thing. Of course, it was re-tweeted with the opposite thought. Some were positive, some negative. And this is my point.

It may suit The Telegraph to poke fun at people who are tolerant and socially aware but it’s probably a little unwarranted.

Perhaps those on the left just have more of an optimistic attitude.