Social value – in 140 characters?

By JJBollOX:
Should footballers be allowed to Twitter? Accepting that social network site communication, like texting has risen to a popularity that endangers real conversation. (Proof if needed being in this posting, my writing and the ever-increasing amount of time that I – and others from all walks of life – spend on the Internet.)
The question asked is tantamount to restricting freedom of speech to question whether anybody should be allowed. This is close to restricting internet access. Wait, China. There are 13 countries with restrictions and corporations attempting this right now in the Western World that will have GLOBAL effect on ALL of us. Search TPP or use this link.

All of which makes the question trivial. But it isn’t. Footballers rights will probably get more reaction than infringement on your own rights? If you react to my use of ‘you’, then ‘you’ know it!
Still this article seems somewhat incomplete. The main point being made is that footballers as all media stars have a responsibility to act more than responsibly as role models for the young and easily influenced. And icons of escapism with a seemingly paradoxical sense of belonging for the ‘you’?
When anybody dons that shirt of a team they are representing that team and society itself. Does society expect bad behaviour? Do we really want to condone it as doing so only encourages it and similar in those who emulate their heroes? When anybody signs that contract to receive a farcical ridiculous amount of money, they ‘know’ what else is involved. Shouldn’t exemplary sporting behaviour be a requisite signed for in triplicate and upheld by fines from the F.A?
Media itself is our mogul it sadly seems. Should we not expect the highest levels of public interest from those making a fortune from public interest?
What do you think?

Brighton Lite

By Mollie Bennett

When you think about football, you think of passion, pride and commitment; you think of proudly wearing your team’s jersey on match day.

You don’t think of following your football hero on twitter, well at least you never used to.

Rewind ten years and social networking wasn’t an issue, in fact most people wouldn’t have a clue what it was, they would talk to each other face to face or by telephone. Today it’s broadcast online for the world to see.

Footballers run the risk on a daily basis when using social networking sights, take Rio Ferdinand for example, calling his fellow England international a “choc ice” for all of his 3.4m followers to see and receiving a mere £45,000 fine for his troubles.

Ferdinand branded his Premier League rival a “choc ice” after Cole gave evidence on behalf of Terry in a racist trail involving Rio’s…

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About JJBollOX

This is an update. The slight humour aka sarcasm will be lost on anyone who hasn't read this before the update. I am, still a British male. Still living but not in Switzerland. I intend to remain, living and male. When I wrote before I had "spent the better part of two months negotiating the change in my self identity. Unemployed and sharing home with a now ex-girlfriend. I've moved. Moved on. Maybe a year has passed by. Have I moved in an upward direction? Is upward the only way to go if we are to expand, broaden and grow? Realistically, the most dramatic (not exactly decisive) direction I have taken in the time was down. Down, down and deeper than down. I fell off of a mountain. My life got complicated yet simple. This in itself is a fair summary of my personality. I have posted the first words of blogs to be written which I would like to turn into a book. 'A normal life.' Let's see how well and how fruitfully I can express my frustrations, pain, healing process and the constant changes that are life.
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