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:
Up to 200 languages now spoken in Manchester http://t.co/nXurbkAb9Q
— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) August 14, 2013
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.
Is £250,000 almost £375,000?!
EDIT: Ah, there’s nearly £125,000 costs. That’s where they got their figure from. Bit misleading though…
This is an open letter to The Guardian’s website editors.
Your current comment layout is shit. Please revert to the old, chronological style.
Now, I don’t usually have cause to complain about The Guardian and the ethics of their reporting but something’s caught my eye today.
Yesterday, related the the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, they ran a story about The Samaritans reissuing their advice to the reporting of suicides. As The Guardian ran the piece, I assumed that they agreed with their stance.
The Samaritans have detailed guidelines on reporting suicide, including to avoid technical details or speculation of the method. The guidance warns against reporting suspected reasons for a suicide and advises not to disclose the contents of any suicide note.
So, today I see this, which contains:
One of three apparent suicide notes left by the nurse at the centre of the royal hoax phone call criticised staff at the King Edward VII hospital where she worked, the Guardian has learned.
Come on now, Guardian. You should be better than that.