31 July 2011

Twitter: Are we vain obsessed people?

There has been an article in the Daily Mail recently saying that Twitter is “creating a vain generation of self-obsessed people with child-like need for feedback”.

I both agree and disagree with that.  There are so many different types of people on Twitter.  Businesses looking for followers which could lead to profit, people sending thousands of link tweets trying to do the same, there are also the type that is mentioned in the article, looking for followers, the “automatic follow back” people.

Then, there are us.  The regular people who joined, either for fun or like me, people that had an interest and wanted to gain more information and meet like minded people.  The people who don’t join for a follow, and are always surprised that what you say has interested someone.

I joined Twitter because I love Formula One.  I figured that by joining I would get more info, unknown facts and gain more of an insight in what I loved.  I never intended to actually tweet.

Gradually I have started to follow people and got followers back, all related to what I am interested in or who have something interesting to say.  I don’t look for followers, I don’t think anything I have to say is that interesting.

I don’t profess to say anything monumental or massively intelligent.  But neither do I tell you what I had for breakfast.  In fact thoughts generally go straight from my head to Twitter unfiltered, which is sometimes probably a bad thing ;)

What I have gained from Twitter is, aside from the info and additions to my interests that I wanted, is interesting conversations with people I have met, I have talked to people I never would have before and contrary to what you hear about Twitter, there are no celebrities on my following list.

Twitter, like anything else is what you make it.  You can follow celebs, tweet inane things about what you had for breakfast and follow 1000 people in the hope of a follow or you can do what the regular person does.  Follow people connected with your chosen interest, get information, ideas and points of view you hadn’t even considered, and talk to like minded people, be it about your chosen interest, or just shooting the breeze.
So to those with the holier than thou attitude who dismiss Twitter and all people who tweet, consider this, maybe you just don’t follow the right people. I’m Vicky_Frank, and if you don’t like what I have to say, one of the best things about Twitter, unfollow!

30 July 2011

Formula One

When it comes to Formula One, I can’t say that I have been a lifelong fan.  I remember my dad used to watch it when I was little and I used to say”What’s the point?  They just go round and round in circles….”

Then three years ago a couple of good friends at the start of the season bribed me into watching the first race.  They loved F1 and wanted me to as well.  Right there, in that first race, a true love was born.
I had heard of Jenson Button before, in fact had seen him on Top Gear, saying that he would exchange everything he had if it meant him winning the world championship.  Watching him through the season, learning about and researching (after the passion and obsession took hold) previous seasons and learning the drivers, some whom I would grow to love, and hate (Vettel, undeserving champion in my opinion and Alonzo, arrogant ass), was amazing.

F1 took me in it’s grip and I have never missed a race since.  Jenson winning the championship, Massa with his “White visor white visor” classic moment, Lewis, cheering for others when at the back and then winning a race, Webber’s “Not bad for a second driver” comment at Silverstone, Alonzo getting stuck behind Petrov and shouting at him after the race, the monumentally awesome Canada race of Jenson winning…. I have cried for them, I have laughed, I have cheered and I have screamed.

So today, the news of the BBC/Sky collaboration was devastating.  I can’t afford Sky.  Although we still get 10 races, highlights from the other 10 just isn’t going to cut it.  I heard a rumour, which probably isn’t true, that the 10 missed races may be shown, but delayed.  I would take that.  I would even take adverts.

Once a true love is born, nothing can stop it.  I love the sport, I love the drivers, the ones I love, and the ones I hate.  The passion of F1 is something that takes a hold, and never lets go.  The combination of Jake, Eddie and David, the surprisingly winning combination of David and Martin is golden stuff.  I for one always get a tingle in my spine when “The Chain” starts to play.

So everyone cross your fingers, pray to the F1 gods, that we get the other races back, even if they are on delayed time, because unless you are watching, feeling the momentum and cheering your guys on (Lewis and Jenson for me, with a eye on “Koboysmashi” ), it just isn’t the same.

23 July 2011

Have a Little Dignity

Today, those, my thoughts are with Amy Winehouse, and the tragedy that has occurred in Oslo.
Amy died today from apparently a drugs overdose, which sadly is not surprising.  Her death is a tragedy, but it should not overshadow, although I bet the tabloids and “celeb” sites and followers will talk about it more, the unbelievable news  of what happened in Oslo.  One famous person dying should not overshadow the death of 91.

The thought that made me write this blog today however is this.  Death is not funny.  You can make jokes about anything, and I for one am a fan of the more sarcastic humour.  I love the jokes that sometimes should not be made but are funny, but I would never joke about, or laugh at, a joke about someone’s death.

Someone, somewhere is a relative, a loved one, a friend of the person you are joking about.  It is  bad enough that they have to suffer the person’s death, without having to experience crass, distasteful and horrible jokes and jibes about the death.

Coming from someone who has lost people dear to me, the grief that you go through is horrible.  Hearing someone joke about your loved one, whatever they were, is beyond cruel.  Compassion costs nothing.  People should have a bit more dignity and humanity.