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Perhaps I sound like a Luddite, or possibly as a middle-aged man my values are distinctly pre-digital. Perhaps I just don't get the whole social media thing, which is moving so fast that old-fashioned values and morality are no longer relevant.
As I write this, buildings are burning in Manchester. Shop windows are being shattered in Birmingham. And, in the capital, stunned business owners are picking through the smouldering wreckage of their livelihoods and wondering what the future holds.
The power of social media once again shows how riots are being organised online with total disregard to public safety and property. At what point do you cross the line with social media.
In the first couple of days of what started as the London riots, and quickly turned into the UK riots, social media took
Many people instinctively believe that if 'everyone around them' is committing crime and disorder that it gives them carte blanche to join in and grab as many material goods as they can lay their hands on.
Sheva found out his shop was being looted when he saw masked youths ransacking it on Sky News. He’s owned Clarence Convenience
London Councils overwhelmed by the lengthy clean-up process to restore their communities, after three nights of destruction
Twitter has been instrumental in the breaking of updates from the riots happening in London but it has also helped to over hype and over-exaggerate incidents in the capital.
Just. How. Adorable? Victoria Beckham posted this gorgeous new shot of David and new baby daughter Harper Seven on Twitter
Of all the factors behind the London riots, what you can't do is blame the technology or tag it a "Twitter riot" as the Daily Mail did. That's simply too easy and too wide of the mark.