CSM EDITORIAL This magazine is proud to publish the writings of Effie Deans. She writes clear and illuminating articles – often to highlight the nonsense going on up north over the border as Sturgeon’s mayoralty gets a tad too big for its wee booties. The downside to publishing Effie’s work is the kickback that the magazine receives from the so-called cybernats. These comprise the SNP … Continue reading England’s Cyber Nats
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Pray tell, why do you hate so? The sneering nastiness of the tw*ts on social media is something to behold. It is understandable how those handed a rough deal in life – they could be poor, sick, or born with an eye on the end of their nose – can become acrimonious. Yet the bulk of the social media nasties tend to … Continue reading Dearest Bitterati
CSM EDITORIAL The best thing about the first debate was the lack of Swinson. Hearing that squawking for an hour would have made the ad breaks desirable. The reality is the debate was too cut up and responses terminated too early by Julie Etchingham (not her fault) for the ITV debate to be deemed a success for either side. The format was ill-thought out and … Continue reading A Staccato First Debate
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Recently the Countryside Alliance ran a survey to find out the extent of the abuse its members received online. They received 500 responses – 310 had received either death threats, photos of their children placed online alongside photos of their houses making the statement ‘we know where you live’. And the usual accusations of sadist, psychopath, bloodthirsty snob, child … Continue reading Countryside Alliance Attacked
BY JAMIE FOSTER Currently government proposals are being considered that would prevent online trolls who intimidate election candidates or campaigners from standing for public office. The length of a ban from standing for or holding public office will be part of a consultation. At present in extreme cases of intimidation there are jail sentences available for those who commit these offences. It feels like this … Continue reading Trolls Banned from Public Office?
BY MANDY BALDWIN What is it with Twitter? As a forum for public speech – which it purports to be – it’s inadequate, when you think about it. Anyone worth their salt gets suspended eventually and staff have been covertly filmed gleefully discussing their tactics for crushing dissent, or wrongthink, which, along with Hate Speech, must stand as a concept scary enough to have the … Continue reading The Silencing
Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well. This week the magazine has been subject to a concerted attack from two trolls who spend their lives trying to make the lives of the editorial team as friendless and miserable as theirs. Instead of rising to their bait, the Squires have remained calm and, instead, have submitted – in an act of … Continue reading A Prayer for Trolls
By ALEXIA JAMES Type the following individual search terms into Google: Nadine Dorries, @nadinedorriesmp, Dennis Rice, Dominic Wightman. You’ll notice certain websites and blogs crop up regularly. These results have 3 things in common – they are created by trolls, portray a very negative message & they have been heavily search engine optimized so negatives always trump any positive results linked to those keywords. Take the one … Continue reading SEO Terrorism