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The social media election? Yeah, Nah

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Callum Valentine – Social Media “genius”

This election was billed as the social media election by  many pundits, and some political parties.

The Internet party in particular banked their success on social media.

Kim Dotcom and his little band of failures including Callum Valentine, a supposed social media genius, all told us that their much vaunted apps would secure them victory.

They also told us that their masses of Facebook likes and Twitter followers were going to get them over the line.

They were wrong.

Matthew Beveridge even had an entire blog devoted to analysing and writing about the social media election. He was wrong too.

Matthew has written a blog post about the effects of social media, where he finally cottons on to what I have been saying for a very long time.

I am a huge fan of social media. I love how it allows candidates, MPs and parties to talk directly to voters. I love how it allows people, who would never otherwise meet, to interact with each other and to learn from each other. But it has its limitations. It is very much a self selecting environment. It is incredibly easy to end up with a timeline that is nothing but an echo chamber.

For a number of people on the left, and even some parties on the left. I have a feel this is what has happened. They have seen all the talk about how it is time to change the government. About how the media is biased. How about dirty politics will resonate with the electorate. As well as about many other issues. But they forget that social media in general, and Twitter in particular, are not accurate representations of the rest of the electorate. I blogged earlier about how when dirty politics was being talked about on Twitter, it wasn’t really connecting with the electorate. The articles that were being read on TVNZ, Herald and Stuff were not the ones about dirty politics. They were about the every day things that mattered to, or interested, average voters.

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Quote of the Day

Twitter is full of trolls, even more so this election period.

Even the Herald’s claimed media writer/commentator John Drinnan thinks it’s a place with no accountability. But when he loses followers, his tactic is to try and shame them.

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Good luck doing that to Heather du Plessis-Allan.

Drinnan’s just been given a good serve.

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Slater, naked, in the bath! (We report everything)

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So Hager lied about not knowing who the hacker was

Nicky Hager’s story about the book keeps on changing.

When he launched the book he denied knowing the hacker, then he said he handed back the data to the hacker he denied knowing.

And now he says they are good friends…and he knows him well.

But it was Hager’s discussion of his new book which captivated the audience.

He described tracking down the hacker who attacked Slater’s IT system and spending weeks convincing him to share his information.

Hager promised he would ensure the information release was ‘‘something more lasting and of bigger value’’ than the hacker’s planned Twitter dump.

He said knowing the source of information and their motives for releasing it was essential.

‘‘I know him [the hacker] well now, and I trust him,’’ he said. ‘‘His motivation was that Cameron Slater was a bastard and we’ll do him over.’’

‘‘The reason he attacked him was he thought he was a p****.’’

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They are watching

The Internet Mana party apparatchiks are watching our every move.

How do I know that?

Well because they have secret Facebook groups, and last night they were talking about WOBH.One of the Ground Crew reports in from his undercover position as a Internet Mana party stoolie.

The “Covert footage of Internet Mana party hall meeting” video has been shared over Internet Party’s Secret Facebook groups..

and yes, they have secret Facebook groups where all sorts of stuff is talked about..

Heres a copy of the conversation in the secret group haha (I am a member on it):

Kevin Palmer What hurts him more is to ignore him he can’t handle that.

Kieran McDonogh That’s just Whale Blubbers way of saying why wasn’t he invited, and if he was he’d have shared his sandwiches (prepared by his Mum) with any Internet Mana Party member who asked.

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So what is this Rape culture that you speak of?

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Rape culture is a term that was coined by feminists in the United States in the 1970’s. It was designed to show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized male sexual violence.

I do not believe that NZ has a culture where women get blamed for rape. Not at all. Blaming women for men’s actions is typical of backward Patriarchal countries where women have little power and are forced to dress modestly least they cause men to lose control. India has been in the news lately a lot for that kind of thing. Simply being a woman on a bus without your male relatives to protect you appears to be justification enough for a gang rape over there. Now that is a rape culture!

Is male sexual violence normalised in New Zealand? No it isn’t. No one considers it normal to beat their wife or girlfriend in New Zealand. Yes some do but mainstream New Zealand does not have that view that it is ok or normal, not at all. To not only beat but to also rape, only hard core Gang members or sick Men from Patriarchal countries would ever dare to express the view that that was acceptable.

Emilie Buchwald, author of Transforming a Rape Culture, describes that when society normalizes sexualized violence, it accepts and creates rape culture. In her book she defines rape culture as…..

a complex set of beliefs that encourage male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent. In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself. A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm . . . In a rape culture both men and women assume that sexual violence is a fact of life, inevitable

Violence sexy? Violence in action movies and online games is directed towards combatants in battle scenarios. Apart from a few exceptions like the car racing game where hookers and drugs were part of the game, violence is depicted in battle against combatants not against women. In films, sex is certainly way more explicit than it used to be. However romance is still popular and I cannot imagine any sex symbol lasting long in the industry if he played a character in a love story who raped or beat his love interest. No one in NZ would find that sexy. They would find it disgusting. Most women in NZ expect respect and love, not violence and the majority of Men in NZ want the same in return.

The website Force: Upsetting the Rape Culture explains how rape culture is the images, language, laws and other everyday phenomena that we see and hear everyday that validate and perpetuate rape.

Rape culture includes jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words and imagery, that make violence against women and sexual coercion seem so normal that people believe that rape is inevitable.

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When was the last time you heard a rape joke? If you are like me it would be never. When people have made rape jokes in America they get attacked on Twitter, on Facebook and in the Media. We have a very politically correct culture in NZ and it is hardly a breeding ground to allow rape jokes, images of rape, or laws that make it easy for a rapist to get off.

Yes, rape happens in New Zealand. Yes, we do have nasty examples of masculinity like the so called Roast Busters. What we do not have is a culture of rape. At least not by the definitions quoted above.

Face of the day

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NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor’s husband Dennis Taylor is being investigated.

 

Combative list MP and twitter user Mrs Lole-Taylor said there were ” a lot of people that I have upset because I’m very upfront.”.

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Claire Trevett on Mallard’s moa

Claire Trevett has a lash at Trevor Mallard’s moa malarkey:

Taika Waititi recently said of his movie What We Do in the Shadows that everybody needs a bit of silly in their lives. Labour’s Trevor Mallard immediately took his advice.

He gave a speech to the Wainiuomata Business Development breakfast. It began well. A lifelong Wainuiomartian, Mr Mallard spoke of his links to the valley, over the hill from the Hutt Valley. He made a good joke about being in the under 7s cricket team, which was all out for six runs against arch rivals Riverside. “We took our name too literally.”

He spoke of the joys of the valley’s microclimate, its community spirit, its need to attract more people and the low property prices, getting in a jab at the value to loan requirements making it harder for young families in the area to buy first homes “as a side effect of targeting Auckland house prices”.

So far, so on message. Then he revealed he’d been spending quite a bit of time on Google and he had discovered the solution to Wainuiomata’s problem.

He had discovered the science of de-extinction. He wanted the moa back in the bush around Wainuiomata.

Mallard’s enthusiasm was such that he took a journey around the Press Gallery to deliver the speech in person, along with photos of himself cuddling a kiwi, and illustrations of the Spanish bucardo ibex and the gastric-brooding frog in Australia.

Attempts had already been made to bring these two species back from the dead, although one did die again rather swiftly and the other never resulted in viable foetuses.

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Internet/Mana – What do the kids think?

Ben Rachinger is one of the target market for the Internet Mana party, young and net savvy.

Ben describes himself as “a social Entrepreneur and passionate advocate for positive change. Lifehacker, social media consultant and Deaf Guy. Just looking to clear the political hubris from in front of youth in a honest and factual way.”

He can be found on Twitter here: @benrachinger

Perhaps Internet Mana, in selling out to the far left, have missed the boat with their target market.

Bully Dotcom angry at ex-missus speaking out

Rachel Glucina has written about the raging of Kim Dotcom because his ex-missus has spoken out.

Like a true sociopath he is angry that someone dared to speak the truth about him and provide yet another crack in his media created manufactured persona.

Mona Dotcom’s estranged husband Kim Dotcom, 40, has lashed back following her interview in a women’s magazine this week.

Kim, who was not informed about the interview before publication, made contact with his estranged wife on Monday about her story which he felt should have remained private. Two nights earlier, to celebrate the All Blacks’ victory, he had invited 20 random strangers to an all-night pool party at his Coatesville mansion, where his five children slept soundly.

Mona, 25, was reluctant to divulge what he said, but when asked by The Diary if her husband was offended, she came clean.

“Yes, he was very upset and angry … but I have the right to express my opinion. I don’t need his permission. I’m not his princess any more.”

Why should he be consulted? This is just typical of Dotcom and his bullying ways.

No wonder he hired security guards to try and keep her a prisoner, like Leia to his Jabba.

Jabba Dotcom and Princess Mona

Jabba Dotcom and Princess Mona

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