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KEYBOARD WARRIORS: When social media is used for good instead of evil

I’ve spoken a lot about social media, especially over the last few weeks, and usually, my words have all floated around in a negative bubble.

Don’t get me wrong, there has been a lot of angry, negative social media chatter – especially around the global climate strike. But I’m not going to get into that, although if you want, you can read about that here and give Mr Dineen my regards. 

But what I will talk about here, is the power of social media, especially local social media and how collectively, people are learning to stand up, call out, and band together. 

I’m sure you all saw the article about the shirts worn by the Old Bar footy club, sporting the phrase ‘rape and pillage’, like it was some sort of slogan and badge of honour, or a catchphrase that would sum up their entire trip.

I mean, when you go to the effort of getting shirts printed to represent a drunken weekend you want it to mean something, right? To represent the heart of not only the trip but the people on the trip.

Idiots, with thought patterns which do not belong in 2019, regardless of who you are or who you play for. The shirts have since been ordered to be destroyed, and the story has since received coverage nation-wide.  

How did it receive this coverage you ask?

All thanks to social media, well more accurately, all thanks to due diligence of the Newcastle Echo group.

I’m sure that 99% of readers are already members, but it’s worth mentioning just how great this group is. Everyone knows that social media, especially these sorts of groups and communities, can get out of hand pretty quickly.

But thanks to excellent admins (looking at you Fiona Black) with their ear and eye to the ground, things run relatively smoothly. 

The best thing about this story though is that through social media, people are finding the confidence to stand up and call out bad behaviour. (I also know that many people are keyboard warriors and hide behind their keyboards but I’m trying to tell a good news story here people).

So good on you, all of you, for standing up and calling out shitty behaviour.

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.

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