Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Keyboard warriors!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Maybe it’s because I am getting a bit older and my skin is thinning somewhat, but more and more, I am getting annoyed with these Keyboard Warriors© who like to furiously and constantly hammer out their frustrations with <insert topic here> and the incompetence of the . That is all well and good. We are free to tappy-tappy on our screens or keys to our hearts’ content when the universe is perceived to be askance.

And hey! Exercising this freedom is one way to hold politicos to account. No more can your local School Board Trustee, Councillor, MP, MPP, Prime Minister or Assistant Dog Catcher (if you’re in the States, cuz they elect EVERYONE down there!) hide in their leather appointed offices sipping their lattes and pretending not to hear the mobs at the door! No way, uh-uh! Those warriors will track you down and give you a good whippin’ on Twitter or on Facebook or Instagram, etc., etc. You will be humbled, humiliated and dragged through Swamps of Digital Slime!©

But for the sake of all we volunteers and activists everywhere: if you’re not happy about something, please do more than take pot-shots!

Keyboard Warrior© guys and gals are everywhere – quick to point out faults, deficiencies or inconveniences in their communities but slow to step up and get involved and do something to change the things that they finds so objectionable.

There are a couple of these Keyboard Warriors in my community and on my Twitter feed. Most of their venting is aimed at a couple of the local Councillors, but the Mayor himself is often the target. I mean, this one guy blames the local politics for EVERYTHING! Hydro trucks blocking bikes lanes, dirty road signs, faulty card readers at city parking spots, snow on the sidewalk… the list goes on ad nauseum. I’m not saying that local pols shouldn’t be informed if services levels are not up to snuff, but geez, do they HAVE to be berated for EVERYTHING?

And when they run out of tangible things to complain about, said targets are then told they are wasteful spending, ego-driven, budget-unconscious, deaf-to-the-community, anti-cyclist demagogues.

So fine – feel free to complain. But you know what? I never seen one of these Keyboard Warriors out in the community working to improve it in some way. I don’t see them volunteering at a school, their community association, their place of worship, their kid’s hockey team.. nada. I’m a pretty plugged in guy in my neck of the woods but have never seen one of these Keyboard Warriors© or have heard their name mentioned in a community involvement context.

So, Keyboard Warriors©? Go ahead and whine all you want. Because to me and lots like me, until you pick up that clipboard, run some soccer drills, volunteer at a community health centre or organise a potluck community dinner, I’m paying little attention.

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Canada Post came through

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

I kinda ragged on the venerable Crown Corp a yesterday. And 99 times out of 100, said ragging doesn’t lead to a response from the target of the rag… no matter who they are. Forget about an actual action aimed at whatever it was that squirmed its way under my skin.

Well, Thursday, June 21, 2012 was the one in a hundred.

Check it out. Within 10 minutes of my blog post cross posting to Twitter, I received this:

@baldjam can you tell me where you’re located so we can look into for you. #canadapostcaresl

Huh? Seriously.

Yup.

And then later, after a couple of direct messages telling them where I was located, this:

Hi , I received confirmation that your area is undergoing some changes and may experience delays visit canadapost.ca/restructure for info

Wow. Great customer service AND good use of social media!

Kudos, Canada Post!

And, for the record… got some mail yesterday.

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To see the power of Twitter…

Friday, February 10th, 2012

… follow the rumours about the assassination of Kim Jong-Un in Beijing.

Amazing.

In all likelihood untrue, but very demonstrative of the power of social media.

Me? I think he was scheduled to meet Harper but took the easy way out.

Da-da-dum!

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Mubarak – overthrown by Twitter?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Is Hosni Mubarak the first Dictator to be ousted with the help of social media?

The Twitterverse has been rife with updates on the uprisings – Tweets from within Egypt. The authorities tried to shut down information networks but to no avail. Protesters used social media to get the word out to each other and the rest of the world. Popular uprisings succeed only if momentum is maintained, and the social media fed into this momentum.

Yet this is indeed great news. But questions remain.

Will the Army relinquish control when free elections are held?

Dictators are often replaced by dictators – will this be the case in Egypt?

What country is next?

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