Rioting Poms and Riotous Blogosphere Comments

I am sometimes not sure whether my compulsion to trawl through the ‘comments’ that attach to online news and blog stories is helpful or a complete waste of time.

Last week, I found myself firing off an angry comment in response to a series of comments that were being added to a news item about the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme).

After feeling a bright moment of hope at the announcement that the NDIS was at least being given the green light, I felt mauled by the stream of comments whingeing about how that is just what we need in this country – ‘another tax’ (as if we are overtaxed in the first place, which we are not); and about how this is the sort of irresponsible rubbish we have come to expect from this guv’ment (of course there has been some rubbish from Labor, but what on earth has that got to do with the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that the NDIS will be a fairer and more efficient system?); and about how this will just take more out of the pockets of hard-working honest folks and hand it over to lazy bludgers who hide behind the word ‘disability’ (by which time, I had had more than enough).

I’m pleased to report that my blunt comment in response was not the only one and that many others weighed into the thread to express themselves in a more rational, compassionate, decent fashion.

I think it is probably a good thing that people can now make comments and contribute something to a broader conversation, even though it is often only the same few who do; but I am not sure that I should expose myself too often to this kind of rough and tumble these days. I find it too difficult to remain calm and it takes more of a toll on my limited resources than I can afford.

Anyhoo, this morning I had such a good laugh from a thread of comments on John Birmingham’s very good blog post about the recent British riots, that I have cut and pasted them below. These were tucked away in amongst nearly 100 very interesting comments from a pretty switched-on and very diverse readership…

This is violent entertainment for the stupid and disenfranchised. But it doesnt happen by accident. The more stupid and disenfranchised a society tolerates (in the form of less social mobility, less education resources at the bottom, less well trained police on the streets), the more scope there is for stupid to have its day.

They arent rioting in Sweden.

mint slice | sydney – August 11, 2011, 8:47AM
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“They arent rioting in Sweden”

Give it time.

Paul Nicholas Boylan | Deep within the winter of my discontent. – August 11, 2011, 8:57AM
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@paul boylan

Im wondering what a riot in Sweden might look like?

“Sven, dont push me cos Im telling you mister I am getting very close to the edge. Ever since Saab got sold off to China Ive just about had it with this global fascist groove thing.

I swear to you my friend – once I have it off with my beautiful girlfriend I’m throwing this exquisite Verner Panton staking chair at the next Volvo XC90 I see – subject of course, to due consultation with the union, the local branch of the Social Democratic Party, and preparation of an approrpriate evironmental impact statement.”

mint slice | sydney – August 11, 2011, 10:22AM
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@ mint slice:

You make a good point. For all we know, the Swedes have been rioting for some time, but no one has noticed.

Paul Nicholas Boylan | Deep within the winter of my discontent. – August 11, 2011, 11:13AM

🙂

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