This comes from my heart, Gooners: Arsenal Twitter deserves to be shut down.
Some of you might have noticed that I’ve been really quiet and didn’t write anything for some time, as well as not interacting much – if at all – on social media; I’m not protesting, boycotting or anything like that, I’m just sick of reading the same stuff after each game we play.
Arsenal Twitter is – in its majority – an embarrassment: its deep arrogance, ignorance, aggressiveness and never-ending race to collect as many likes/retweets as possible with the most-extreme opinions (and vocabulary) and flamboyant headlines – regardless of its connection with the content of the related blog or article – simply is nauseating.
Its logic is totally demential as every loss is a catastrophe and every win is just normal, there’s no way out of this idiotic binary path: every time we lose a game, thousands of self-centred supporters are quick to vomit their views on Twitter and yell to all the “morons” out there who can’t pass, can’t run, can’t finish, can’t tackle, can’t defend, can’t do tactics, can’t pick the team etc. etc.
I’m fully aware I’m using a very crude lexicon but the feeling I have is that too many people are simply throwing words out of their mouths – not expressing opinions.
Before, during and after the game, an insane amount of people around the world are constantly live-commenting the game in a very toxic way, expressing opinions about everything going on both on and off the pitch; I’m not referring to those who are attending the game – home or away – because Arsenal Twitter and the real world are two incompatible universes: no human being would ever be allowed to uninterruptedly comment anything happening on the turf, firstly because he or she’d be too busy watching and “living” the game and secondly because the person next to him/her would go nuts – yet, it happens all the time on Twitter.
Every pass, every movement, every reaction is dissected and commented in the space of minutes – sometimes seconds – in a very superficial way, but its conclusion often is incontestable.
Opinions require the thinking-time that you don’t have when you frantically type on your smartphone or on your keyboard – hence people often skip the thinking process and go straight to the abuse.
A large majority of people simply throw-up words.
That’s the conclusion I’ve came to in the past two weeks, when I set myself on read-only mode.
If you take the time to read the threads of some highly-popular Twitter accounts related to the Arsenal and you don’t check the actual results and table, you might think that the Gunners have been constantly involved in the relegation battle and none of our players is worth the shirt.
The manager should go, the board should go, some of the best players on the planet should go and no-one of the players currently playing for the Arsenal deserves a starting place.
Whatever happens in the Arsenal universe, you will find one egocentric donkey claiming that it’s “utterly bollocks” or “a f*cking disgrace.”
Is it a coincidence that Arsenal Fan TV is such a huge success, or that online newspapers always come up with controversial headlines about the Arsenal? We are the most over-reacting, easy-to-fool set of football fans in England – or maybe in the world.
It looks like a vast majority of Arsenal supporters are only waiting for the next slip to discharge their anger and hatred towards the Club they claim to love; I know, supporters are entitled the right to protest and make their voices heard, when things are not working – because they ultimately are the ones that finance the whole footballing circus, but the disproportion between our actual results and the toxicity that circles around the Club is appalling.
I’ve seen tons of dissatisfied supporters in my life, thousands of unhappy people booing at the stadium and protesting outside of it – and moaning on their way home – but the sounding board of their voices is simply too large, today.
Supporters are giving away their credibility and integrity in search of the famous “fifteen-minutes of celebrity” foretold by American photographer Nat Finkelstein over fifty-years ago – and the worst part of it is that IT WORKS!
Arsenal Twitter is a place where you can change your mind every other day and still be considered as coherent; it is a place where you can steal other people’s most-popular opinions and pretend they’re yours; it’s a place where you can delete your opinions when facts turn against you and ultimately is a place where the most important thing is to be the first to say something – anything.
There still are a handful of very popular and also very insightful accounts out there, who promote healthy debates and don’t fall for the easy clicks, but they are a minority, today.
Elaborating and sharing proper opinions demands a lot of time and energy, a high-level commitment and usually pays dividends on a very-long term – which naturally proves too much to handle for attention-seekers and fame-chasing users.
The above has become the normal behaviour and there’s no sign things will change anytime soon; we can’t keep hiding behind the “they are a minority” excuse because they are not – we are.
The polite, thoughtful supporters are as frustrated as you are, believe that a change of manager is needed as much as you do and can’t go along with an owner who seems not to care a bit about the Club, exactly like you, but end up in the same blend of petulant people like you.
Arsenal fans on Twitter currently are the laughing stock of English football and the ideal target for any media outlet that wishes to attract easy click; we have an army of keyboard warriors always ready to pollute every piece of news with spiteful comments, often unrelated to its content; we managed to create the infamous WOB and AKB groups and make sure that no independent thinking is tolerated: give credit to the manager and you’re an AKB; criticize the manager about anything and you automatically are a WOB – regardless of the context.
Like many of you who put their opinions on paper and share them on social media, I came across some weirdos, whose contribution to the debate was to tell me that one of my blogs was “hot air” while admitting that he didn’t read it, just “quickly went through it”.
It happened to me and to many others, because this is Arsenal Twitter today.
This is why Arsenal Twitter deserves to be shut down.
Thirty-something Italian, currently in Switzerland. Gooner since mid-ninties, when the Gunners defeated my hometown team, in Copenhagen. Twelve years ago I started my own blog (www.clockenditalia.com) after after some experiences with Italian websites and football magazines. Debate, don’t insult or you’re out.