Thursday, January 26, 2017

Walls are being built everywhere


Much righteous indignation elsewhere about Trump's wall. But walls are being built everywhere. For instance, as seen above, a clique of classical music luminaries has built a wall that blocks me from viewing their Twitter feeds. Presumably this is because of my unfortunate habit of trying to assimilate their tweets. But as a very light Twitter user I am logged out of the app most of the time, and blocking only works when logged in. So despite their petulance I still have almost unlimited access to the blocked accounts. What a strange world we live in...

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5 comments:

Pliable said...

A big hat tip to – now please don't fall off your chairs – Norman Lebrecht who has not blocked me on Twitter despite a decade of online sparing. And Hugh Canning is another of the great and good who still allows me access to his tonsorial tweets.

Philip Amos said...

I should consider those blocks badges of honour, Bob. Lebrecht has blocked me from his blog -- he blocks quite a few. That's like getting a K. And after I was threatened with suspension from commenting on the Guardian because of my criticism of another wee error from Tom Service (he wrote that Wagner's Valkyries zoomed around killing warriors), I went around preening for a week.

Pliable said...

Philip, in fairness to Norman Lebrecht, as per my first comment he has not blocked me on his Twitter account. What I find particularly amusing is that today Jessica Duchen has re-tweeted a plea from the Index of Censorship for freedom of speech - https://twitter.com/IndexCensor.../status/824898490866167808

Pliable said...

This tweet from Jeremy Pound, the assistant editor of BBC Music Magazine, and the follow-on comments shows the price one pays for declining to join the UK classical music bloggers' mutual admiration society - https://twitter.com/JeremyPound71/status/826114445277614080

Pliable said...

"The filter bubble isn’t just Facebook’s fault – it’s yours...... because they often want to avoid conflict, people ignore or block posts, or even unfriending people, when confronted with views with which they strongly disagree.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/the-filter-bubble-isn-t-just-facebook-s-fault-it-s-yours-a7458631.html