Social Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

For every horrendous human atrocity (that makes Western media headlines), there is a social media reaction. People who don’t normally post political opinions or comments, or even follow the news want to share their thoughts with the world. It is a strange phenomenon, but it has somehow become a normalised form of behaviour in our society.

Friday 13th, sparked a variety of opinions on social media platforms. Five main categories of thought can thus be observed, including their counter comments.

Firstly, some Muslims felt obliged to apologise for their religion. Then there are the Muslims that comment on the latter, clearly stating that they must not apologise for their religion, as ISIS does not represent their beliefs.


Secondly, there are those that blame the refugee crisis for what happened. They are simply reflecting the views of right-wing politicians. Then there are those that express strong counter arguments to the latter – explaining that the refugees are not to blame and that they are fleeing the same terrors that just hit France.


Thirdly, there are those that show their support to France by using a transparent version of the French flag superimposed on their Facebook profile picture.  Then there are those that  refuse to change their profile pictures, as they see it as an outrage that we, as a society, have a selective form of grievance. That we overlook the human tragedies happening elsewhere. Hinting towards the idea, and in some cases, clearly stating that white lives bear more importance, or so it would seem, than non-whites. Thus creating a ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ rhetoric.

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The fourth main stance that can be observed, is the idea that France had this coming to her. That since the 1970s most of the Western hemisphere has made some awful political decisions, and that their policies with regards to the Middle East are rotten to their core, outdated and need to be changed.


The Return of the Boomerang

Another social media reaction that can be perceived as a post-incident reaction, is the coping strategy of the French people. Many people are scared, and shaken as another attack may be waiting around the corner. On the other side of the spectrum, there are those who refuse that their freedoms, and love for life be reduced to a life of fear. Consequently encouraging people to go about their lives, and even go that extra mile, such as this amusing Facebook community page.

Lastly, there are those that adopt a more general perspective on the incident and call for world solidarity. This last trail of thought is not exclusive to all of the above. It is a theme that seems to be a widespread conclusion, however, the reasoning leading up to it can be very different at times.

All in all, these are just mere observations, but what can be said of them? And what do they tell us about our society? These questions bear many possible answers… In the meantime, almost two weeks have passed since the horrible attacks in Paris, and my Facebook newsfeed has gone back to its usual business – featuring posts from The Lad Bible, for example.




3 thoughts on “Social Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  1. Hey,

    Nice little article here. I noticed the exact same trends on my Facebook feed.
    In moments like these I prefer to have an outside stance and just observe to what people have to say and let them fight it out.
    Needless to say, the events of Paris and any other country for that matter, are horrendous. But having discussions, arguments and fights over the internet is not going to lead to anything.
    Keep up the nice posts.

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  2. I’ve been invited to post a comment on your blog so here it is. I am old enough to have watched the current war-mongering scenario played out several times and it has been, many times throughout history. To start a war, fear needs to be created. A common enemy if you will. Manifest fear. Tell people they are being attacked or that attack is imminent. The majority of people will believe this message. Some will not but they will be declared unpatriotic and thereby exposing their country to greater danger. It is important that the media needs to spin this line. So how to push the level of fear? Create a ‘false flag’ situation. This tactic has started many wars including Pearl Harbour, 9/11, the Gulf of Tonkin and in fact, most major wars in the last 2,000 years. A false flag is a staged incident which leads people to believe they have been attacked. Lives will be lost.
    So that explains how to start a war. Now I need to explain why there is a desire for this war in Syria and around, to continue. Firstly, war is big business. Make no mistake, war is always about money and oil and never about altruism. No government is concerned about a ‘tyrant’ leader. So again, an enemy has to be created. This time it is Muslims .Next, two facts. The US needs oil and Israel wants to push out it’s boundaries to become Eretz Israel. You will need to google a map of this to understand the size and geography of the area that they wish to take to become Greater Israel. Included in that area are vast amounts of oil. The US and Israel have historically been linked and more accurately, entwined and will work together to make this enclave happen.
    Due to continuous bombing, large areas of Syria have effectively been evacuated. Many millions of their citizens have lived in NGO run camps just outside the borders of Syria for up to four years, so now, without any hope of returning to their country, some have decided to attempt to start a life somewhere else. Hence the migration. They cannot move anywhere but towards Europe as they cannot cross into many Arabic countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar etc. These countries are allied with the US and Israel. The migration has been used by the media to escalate our fear.
    Now ISIS. This initially small group of terrorists were formed after the war in Iraq, conducted by the UK, the US and other allies, (once again started on a false flag), left a power vacuum. The allies had no plan for the structure of Iraq once the war was over so ISIS formed. I will not go into the details of how IS was armed, trained and funded by the US and Israel but it is in their interest to have a team of well armed mercenaries who create terror and instability. You will notice their fashion choice is a face-covering hood. This ensures that we are convinced they are Muslim, because we are told they are.
    I have tried and failed to keep this short, but the two things which it is most important to google, study, understand, and digest are; ‘false flag’ and Eretz Israel.
    Then you will understand why the situation in Paris was staged after a meeting of the CIA, Mossad and President Hollande just one week before it happened and why there is no film footage of any explosions, terrorists or shootings in Paris. I am not saying people weren’t killed or injured and my sympathy goes out to anyone connected with this tragedy.
    We are being played on a grand scale. The only outcome is WW3 which will end badly for everyone, unless people wake up and take action. This time, a war will involve every one of us. We won’t just be watching it on TV


    • Thank-you for your comment. I will look into false flag and Eretz Israel and get back to you. A lot of what you have said, already leans towards my own views on the situation. I don’t agree that the only outcome is WW3 though.

      I believe that the West has the power to overcome ISIS, however, dropping bombs in the region will not solve any problems in the long-run, as the environment will continue to be unstable and allow yet another group to emerge. On the other hand, it is very much in the West’s favour (but not just the West) to keep this region weak for its own interests.

      In many ways, the Cold War never ended and proxy wars have continued to play-out. Maybe, one day it will escalate but I don’t think a WW3 involving ISIS is probable. Maybe I am just optimistic.

      My next post is going to touch upon the politics behind the Paris Attacks, so I will definitely keep in mind hwat you have shared. Unfortunately, my PC has crashed and it will take some time to fix.


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