I chuckled as I read Tony’s epiphany giving up on engaging the AAA in debates about the running of our beloved Arsenal Football Club. I have always gone with the less conciliatory approach of mocking when necessary because as an avid Internet comments reader and poster, I know for a fact that people who post comments online are almost always certain of the validity of their point of view. Engaging them in debates is a waste of time except when the debaters are of similar disposition. Of the thousands of debates that have been had on this site between the AKBs and the AAA, how many were concluded with a party conceding they were wrong? I still laugh at Jambug’s conclusion in frustration about debating “an embryo” from a couple of days ago. Tony, bless his gracious heart, is a magnanimous soul unlike yours truly but even he has finally given up.
This era is called the Information age and rightly so, but it owes its name in great part to the Internet and how it has virtually eliminated all the barriers between people across the world. (Well, people with Internet enabled devices and access, to put it more correctly). Sadly, however, far too much of the information on the Internet is nothing but lies, bullshit and gut wrenching stupidity. In the past, a liar or bullshitter would have a small audience and be able to do little damage. Now we have people like the man-child Piers Morgan shoving massive amounts of horse manure to millions via Twitter and through his job as a ‘journalist’. The only people that an opinionated fool like that could trouble in the past were those unfortunate to be in his immediate vicinity. Now all that has changed. Look at your Facebook timeline. Check out Twitter. And of course, come over to Untold after an Arsenal draw or loss. It’s got so bad that some of just stay away for some time after poor results.
In fairness, most of the crap on the Internet are not invented by the ordinary users. The lies, bullshit and gross distortions and misrepresentations are created by the media and unlike in the past when you could only repeat lies that you read in the papers to those around you, you can now help spread the bunk around the world in seconds with the least effort on your part. As I have said many times in the past, in articles and comments, the media is the problem. They are responsible for the lies which are sadly propagated by the masses of fools that our sad education systems have unleashed on the world. The talk of “debates” sounds good in theory but what’s the point of a debate in which one party’s position is not just their poorly thought out opinion but based on outright lies?
A very good case in point about media lies is in form of the headline in Tuesday’s Metro (and Daily Mirror among others) about Ospina saying that Arsenal are out to overtake Manchester City for second place. The headline screams: “WATCH OUT, CITY” followed by this gem in the 3rd paragraph:
“Arsenal, in third, can move within a point of the champions if results go their way tomorrow and goalkeeper David Ospina admitted finishing second is the Gunners’ new target” (emphasis mine)
This is followed immediately by an actual quote from Ospina:
“We know we are close to them now but we need to concentrate on ourselves and not think about them”.
This is the 4th paragraph and in the 5th, he was quoted again:
“It is game after game. We will keep doing our job, picking up points and then see what happens.” – The End!
All of Ospina’s words are emphasised by me but it is important to highlight this typical case of media dishonesty. Ospina was cautious, introspective and said what any sensible player should say in that instance. But the journalist, Gavin Brown, led the story with the exact opposite of what the player said. In which context is saying that you will “concentrate on your own game by picking up points and then see what happens in the end” interpreted as admitting to setting a target of finishing above anyone or in any particular position? This is an outright lie and a very transparent and easy to spot one too but I bet you that there are fans, Gooners and non-Gooners, who are going to be quoting the headline and the journalist’s false lead verbatim in future when it serves their agenda to do so.
It is in human nature to seek company of those who share our values, interests and life outlook. That is why many of us come to Untold, which is an unapologetic Arsenal fan site for those who want to support Arsenal FC, its players and manager without second guessing the professionals tasked with running the club, who have paid their dues and clearly earned our trust in them to continue to steer the affairs of the club towards progress. This is why I have been coming to UA since I discovered it via goonernews.com in 2008. When I feel strongly enough about an issue and have the time, I write articles to be published for the enjoyment (I hope) of my kindred spirits on the site. At other times, I join other proud AKBs to debunk the bullshitters and merchants of sadness who come here to call us names for having the audacity to not set our heads on fire every time Arsenal fails to win a game.
Untold Arsenal is a very biased website but an unbiased fan site is not a fan site. I am a virulently biased Arsenal fan and I don’t apologise for it. I love this club and I am ready to battle those who malign our players and attack our most esteemed manager. I particularly relish the fight when the attackers claim to be ‘season ticket holders’ who have been supporting the club since 1962 or thereabout.
But being biased, which I believe Untold is, is totally different from being dishonest which it absolutely isn’t. We are biased but we don’t lie and more importantly, we have intelligent debates here, especially amongst the regulars. The quality of debates in AAAless threads can be so good that I have seen many instances when lurkers would login to post comments just to commend the contributors. That is what I love most about this community that Tony has built and why I enthusiastically take on those who unfairly attack us with lies, distortions and stupidity.
Apart from the regular Untolders, I don’t engage in debates. It is a waste of time. The posters that we are often debating are not here to debate in the true sense of the word. They come here to chastise the regulars who are trying to stay positive after poor results for not being depressed like them. Or to question our sanity for continuing to support one of the greatest living football managers and the one who played the biggest role in making Arsenal FC the club it is today. In other word, they are here take the piss, to use the scientific term.
Maybe it will be a little easier to accommodate the repetitive claims if they were original or interesting but it is always the same old boring stuff that have been argued to death with some dollop of outright lies fabricated by the so called journalists as shown above. I am happy to see Tony finally decide to start cutting comments that make claims that aren’t evidence based or opinions that aren’t based on reality but intended only to cause arguments and depress readers who come to Untold Arsenal to read articles and comments supporting their beloved team. Considering that most of us just scroll past most of them, I think this is a great decision that will save everybody’s time keep the readers who come to Untold for what it’s all about.
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