Saturday, 14 June 2014

But You Didn't Have to Cut Me Off

Twitter is a great and terrible thing.

It definitely has its good side.

Live-tweeting #ImpactUK with y'all is one of the highlights of my week. And seeing wrestlers develop feuds over social media is a thing of beauty.

Plus it taught us that Davey Richards likes pugs and that's always a plus.

Image © Dale Leschnitzer via Flickr.

But there's a downside too.

Harassment. Abuse. Insults. Even death threats.

Don't believe me? Then just wait until somebody makes a big heel turn and see what people say.

Or just look at the bile thrown at MVP or Seth Rollins.

I don't even follow that many WWE accounts and I've seen enough Shield-related death threats to last me forever.

It's gross, kinda scary stuff. And it's definitely part of Twitter's dark side.

But there's another, more subtle negative layer to Twitter. The charcoal grey to the black of abuse and threats. And that's what I want to talk about today.

Just like other celebrities, when wrestlers go on Twitter, it creates an expectation.

We as fans see the account and assume we can follow it and send our favourites messages to our heart's content.

Image © Twitter via Wikimedia Commons.

But that is not necessarily the case, and it's not necessarily a good thing.

We don't remember that when our favourites were young, they hardly ever met wrestlers.

And now here we are, expecting to twenty-four hour access to their lives.

We lose sight of the fact that underneath the layers of muscle and bombastic character, wrestlers are people.

And people get frustrated. People get upset. People get offended.

And that's when wrestlers start blocking people and former followers start getting angry.

We forget that the wrestlers we follow on Twitter don't owe us the private information we're getting. We take our access for granted.

Then it's taken away and we start shrieking like children pulling toys out of the pram.

Image © Olga/ Олька via Flickr.

We have to remember that, for most of us, wrestlers aren't our friends. Much as we'd like them to be.

And sometimes, we're going to do or say things that upset or anger them, and that might lead to them blocking us.

Maybe your icon annoys them. Maybe you said something terrible.

Or maybe their mouse cursor slipped while they were blocking someone else.

They have every right to block you for whatever reason they choose. They don't owe us anything.

(Although it would be nice if Twitter sent you a message explaining why they blocked you. I know that if I've been an asshole, I want to know what I've done so I can fix it.)

Sometimes, you're going to screw up and you're going to get blocked. It sucks, but it happens.

You just have to move on from it and try to do the best you can.

And that is the great thing about Twitter: there's always somebody else to follow.

Image © JordanGosselin via DeviantArt.

Or Twitter just randomly had Magnus block me. Which it apparently does sometimes. And I got worked up and wrote this post for no good reason.

Either way.

– Stark

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