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After the ManCity victory Rambo tweets a pic of himself, Giroud, Ox and Per-fect Mertesacker. This was followed by Alexis Selfie or whatever they call it, which sends Liverpool legend into a rantorgasm. He sure loves that, doesn’t he.
Understandable he is annoyed seeing ARSENAL win, but this outburst wasn’t necessary. Though he is generalising it, the context was ARSENAL. He said something like this
“ This is winding me up. It’s an absolute Joke. Its one big club going to another. Not Championship going there a winning. Yes you can celebrate, but this team pics after winning the game , dressing room pics, social media, selfies are all nonsense. Normally such pics are to be had with a trophy. Nonsense. Bollocks. SHhiiitttt.”
Not exactly his words. And sorry for the last 3 words Mr Carragher, not yours again. And to be fair on him, he never mentions selfie ever. It’s the media he is working for have come up with that.
For starters what is a selfie? Just Google, we’ll get this
selfie; ˈsɛlfi/; noun; informal
noun: selfie; plural noun: selfies; noun: selfy
- a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.
And Wikipedia has something similar. But what ARSENAL players have posted is not selfie but a group selfie. And this is not just about ARSENAL, he is pissed at, but all the clubs for allowing this thing.
What catches my attention in Carraghers rant is the word ‘social media’. One powerful medium of expression. Social media recently helped decide Indian elections. After a long long time, India has a stable government (at least we know who to blame when things are not right. We don’t have to speculate on which party is to blame). It connected masses like no other in the history, yet Carragher calls this a nonsense.
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Football in general has become expensive for supporters now. And the supporters are feeling disconnected from the club that they love. But the social media has helped bridge the gap. The club itself has official accounts in the social media. So do the players. We supporters follow the club and the players with our respective accounts.
This connect was never ever possible in the pre-social media age. I hit like buttons or re-tweet button or + button on the posts by club and the players when I like things. The clubs think this connect is important part of their PR mechanism. They have all sorts of activities, like ARSENAL have MoM poll on twitter or Arsenal quiz on twitter or goal of the month or player of the month etc on their website, all trying to get close to the supporters.
As far as the pics are concerned, are we not over the moon after our win over ManCity. We supporters celebrate every victory, not just the trophies. We celebrate every goal, every tackle, every assist, every interception, every kick of the ball. Why should not the players join us in the celebration? Why shouldn’t the players show the mood within the dressing room. Is the pic with the trophy only what matters? I wonder if you have only one pic of you with the champions league on the mantle!!…
No Mr Carragher, social media is not nonsense and pics are memories, part of the journey. I am a big fan of trekking, after my love for ARSENAL – which is to say I do treks almost every month. What we remember the most are the moments we had during the climb and not at the destination. Every pic is important, not just the one with the trophy.
Go Gunners, keep posting. Keep us connected.
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