I’m going to rubbish a previous point a bit; with a purpose. I am already the Sideshow Bob of this thread. I have used the medium to decry the medium. Here’s the real revelation. I had tremendous fun doing it. Bitstrip is actually a very fun thing to use.
While I claim no comic genius for the above 120 second work of art, the sad fact is that it’s a million times better than most Bitstrip shit you will ever see on Facebook. And make no mistake; that is a very sad fact.
The reason I’m willing to puncture my own point is because I wanted to make the distinction between tech and application. Bitstrip is a great tool when anyone approaches it with a decent application in mind. The problem is most don’t; it’s merely an enabler to spout their usual bollocks in a way that appears marginally more creative. I am not fooled.
I think the same applies to Twitter. My personal account is political and personal stuff. Sotonians is football-related taking the piss stuff, and trying to build awareness of us, basically. I’ve got other accounts for stuff that’d bore the arse off of non-technical people. People approach social media from different angles. Twitter can be useful. It can also be wilfully misused. One of the remarkable things about this nascent medium is that we’ve all got it into context so quickly after introduction.
Most of the time, it’s just Twitter, FFS. Sometimes, it’s genuinely useful and I am glad we have it.
There is plenty within it that I think we can collectively agree is distasteful, though.