Don’t Blame Facebook: Review

January 8, 2013 by  
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Tuesday 8 January,

10PM Channel 4

If you thought dating Peter Andre’s brother was punishment enough for almost any crime, you’d be right. But you’d be wrong if you thought that the two to three month community sentence you’d just served was all the criminal justice system had in store for you.

Although everything legally is above board, raiding Andre’s brother’s ex-girlfriend’s house at dawn under anti-harassment legislation and confiscating all of her personal electronics seems somewhat excessive given the facts. Whilst Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club has undoubtedly helped reduce incidents of domestic violence, it still remains unlikely that the local constabulary were so indebted to him that he gained sufficient sway to direct police operations – so what’s the real issue?

Of course, you’re screaming “Elf and Safety? and who wouldn’t? They’re the slapstick comedy double act filling up column inches in the Daily Mail who everyone is complaining about. Whilst their entertaining interventions have been providing middle aged men with dinner party titbits for years, long after their own lives became so mundane that a visit from Health and Safety would actually represent youthful validation.

It was all eventually settled, Andre’s brother was found out to have been dating some “bird from Babestation? – of course he was – and the threats of a libel suit were dropped after a three month police investigation.

The other cases are well known from the press: tweets that turn out to have dramatically different interpretations with an American vocabulary, inadvertently public Facebook party invites and “there weren’t really much to do…and I’d got a new phone with a camera function.?

What this programme really shows us is that there are two very prominent types of idiot: the reckless and the naïve. Whilst they occasionally intersect, they are reasonably well-defined.

The naïve says things like: “[Airport security] told me that how I answered his questions would determine whether or not we were allowed in. Then he asked me if I had a Twitter account, and I thought ‘Oh no he’s going to want me to follow him.’”

Whereas the reckless says things like “Lining up here for a fucking good tonk [as he does 120mph]…Who says street racing’s irresponsible? Fucking show me ‘em.?

Disappointingly, the well informed member of St John’s Ambulance who got us all up to speed on the legal specifics turned out to be an actual copper once the captions caught up with the dialogue.

Most of the idiots later talk about how they’ve learnt their lesson. Which might be true if they weren’t on television giving their exploits even greater coverage.

Tim Wilkes says:

Answer is simple, behave yourself and you wont be incriminated. Keep your trousers on, don’t get drunk, don’t boast about speeding at 120 mph, don’t pose in sexual positions while at work on camera. If you got nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear

Mai says:

I never liked or used any of the social media stuff and think that it’s for emotionally needy people who think they are so unique that others should know about what they say or feel.
Of course people in power will use your information against you!! what do you expect?

Howard Dodds says:

Here in Britain its got to the point now where we are starting to realise as a nation that too many employers, police, and other public services/authorities such as the Jobcentre are now using Facebook and Youtube as incriminating ‘Big brother’ evidence against us. We British have no freedom of speech, our rights to speak freely and express ourselves is being taken away by our own Big brother society. We cannot be who we are anymore, we are a nation of ‘Back watchers’ we are a nation of paranoia. Our country and its society has made us become that. Great Britain? There is nothing Great about it anymore. Welcome to the big prison we all live in and its only going to get worse. We are almost living in a German concentration camp but the watchtowers, patrol guards and walls are invisible to the naked eye. Our watchtowers are the romanse CCTV cameras, our patrol guards are the Police monitoring everything we do/say on the internet and everything we do is admissable evidence.

Due to these incidences we hear on the news, people are now publishing less about themselves on the internet and people are starting to withdraw personal information which we shouldn’t feel we should have to do. Britain should be a country of multi-cultural human beings bought together but the state we live in is tearing us apart. People are finding new ways to make themselves harder to track/trace on the internet but its only making the situation worse.

IP addresses, accounts, email addresses, all trackable so is it time we backed away from our computers and closed the laptops shut? Its time we moved back to primative forms of communication and if we all unplugged our internet connections we wouldn’t be feeding the big brother troll, making it fatter and greedier everyday. Lets all put a close to the internet… Once and for all.