I watched Newcastle go two nil up against Manchester United before losing three two – I knew I should switch #NUFC Twitter off straight away but I stupidly checked the reaction.

Even from the more adult posters there was criticism I felt was unjust. Criticism of the players and of Rafa. Not Ashley. In fact there were people using the defeat to defend Ashley.

You can’t blame Ashley just because etc etc etc.

I can. But I’m not going to have that argument any more. If you can’t equate investing in a business with the likelihood of it being successful, logic is wasted on you.

I set up a Twitter account specifically for following football for a number of reasons.

Firstly, I live overseas and frankly there was a small amount of homesickness involved. Twitter was company for me when the matches played late in the evening while my wife and little one slept upstairs

Back then I loved those nights. Takeaway curry, beer, football, Twitter whirring.

Secondly, I work in social media. I know my way around it. Like a comms geeks I’ve Tweetdeck set up with lists and searches. I miss nothing.

Fast forward to 2018 and it seems like much of the media does the same. So whatever I read on Twitter, is stretched out with a few extra paragraphs and regurgitated for the Chronicle’s “live blog” 15 minutes later. And then they tweet it as well. The Chronicle is no longer in the exclusives business. Whether that is their plan, only they will know.

The local paper has decided instead to go down the content/churn/banter route of so many other outlets. They may eventually debunk stories but they’ll share them first. Most annoying is the endless churn of transfer stories – months outside the window – without the context of what always happens at Newcastle United when windows do open.

So much #NUFC Twitter noise from so many sites. Then it’s combed for the most reactionary trolls to make even more.

“X has done Y and Newcastle fans aren’t happy”.

I recall a response from one Chronicle journalist defending yet more Mitro stories by detailing the traffic they produced.

More widely there were serial attacks on Newcastle United by the usual pundits and pros and each one would be a story for days. Trolling and its reaction are now, apparently, legitimate news. Day after day after day.

There is no no value in any of it.

I’m now following George Caulkin and Luke Edwards from my non-footballing account. They both do a good job in separating news from noise laudibly without the pressure to churn. They are enough.

But, due to a recent long distance flight and being wide awake in the middle of the night due to jetlag,  I’ve been checking in again. It’s only convinced me I’ve made the right decision.

Worst of all is the abuse, from Newcastle fans, aimed at those trying to oust Ashley. I am at a loss to explain what is wrong with these people. Especially when we’ve Sunderland on our doorstep – the best example you might ever see of fans stoically accepting the status quo until it was far far too late.

Why do you think they’re so bugged by our protests?

In the last 18 months there has been a rise in Twitter idiocy. It’s hard to know where it came from. In the same time I’ve also noticed a massive upsurge in Newcastle fans with sympathies for Farage, Hopkins, Robinson and Trump. I grew up with slogans like “Geordies are black and white”. It was football that taught me that racism was unacceptable. I used to think it was a lesson we had all learned.

I was shocked the first time I saw it. But it just kept on coming.

The online immaturity has been getting worse. During games and specifically after defeats, I began to hate checking Twitter. It was heartbreaking to see abuse aimed at Rafa. It felt like the worst betrayal imaginable.

Personally, I want to say a massive thank you to all involved with protests against Ashley. Lads and lasses pulling together and working their backsides off in their own time to do everything they can to return us to something like the vision Kevin Keegan had.

Perhaps those hurling abuse at them don’t remember those times. Perhaps that’s the wider problem. People find it easier to hate than hope. In 2018, hope is considered naive.

We should learn from recent history while being inspired by the more distant past. Nothing will get better under Ashley but we are a big club and must be again.

Today I flicked on Twitter.  Lee Ryder tweeted:

F… it, I’m out.

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  • Paul Patterson

    The Chronicle are technically correct. By stating that Rafa will be backed in January simply means that Ashley will back him.
    No mention of money because there won’t be any. A non story designed to fill a page.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      I think The Chronicle are guilty of leaving out the word before “Back” in regards to Rafa and his time at Newcastle, And that words is = “BARE.”

    • Big Al 1967

      Too right. If the FCB gives Rafa a tenner and says ‘Go and buy a centre forward and I expect some pasties from Greggs with the change’, Bishop and his team will say they backed him in the window

  • Toontaff

    You should look at Ed Harrison’s blog – a mad Trump fan, a big Corbyn fan, a Scandinavian ‘fan’ who never watches us due to his dinner arrangements, end of the world and conspiracy theorists and the mad box of frogs on matchday!

    • Leazes.

      I suspect most of them ARE Doctor Ed.

  • Toontaff

    Who taught Mitro to take penalties like that?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    “Social-Media” has become the scourge of mankind imo
    Not all of it is bad like football blogs like this for instance and other informative sites where people go for information on their personal interests etc
    Things like Facebook though are nothing more than profiling tools where people are giving away their personal sovereignty and privacy !
    It’s went too far away from what it ever should have been where individuals show photos of their children and other private stuff that is in no way a good thing.

    Let us not forget murders that have been set up or beefs started on platforms like this that have led to killings and violence.
    Raoul Moat anyone ?

    • Realist

      I agree, majority are to dumb to realise this though.

      • Superdooperhooper

        If you’re going to call people dumb at least get your spelling right

        • Toontaff

          To-TOO right!

          • Realist

            Some of you lot are really sad. He was struggling to think what he could have a pop at me with, so he thinks I know- last resort- spelling error😂

          • Superdooperhooper

            No it was because you call everyone thick on here and it’s getting boring

          • Realist

            Posters on here who I think are switched on and talk sensible, ram kishore, geordiegiant (even though we don’t always agree) monkseaton, pezza, viru leckworth, Brian standen and a few others I can’t remember. I think you took what I said out of context a little, I meant the majority of society in general are to dumb to realise this. They is a few on here who are just plain stupid and you fall into this category, congratulations🥇

          • Superdooperhooper

            What makes you so clever then ? Pezza and Monkseaton are Tories . Enough said

          • Realist

            Like I said they other day, I’m not into politics as it’s just a pantomime imo that the majority fall for. I don’t think I’m anything but I can think for myself unlike others on here.

          • Superdooperhooper

            And there you go again . Saying people on here are brainwashed and haven’t got a mind of their own . Insulting and patronising

          • Realist

            And yet again taken what I’ve said out of context, not everyone but alot on here are like a little clique mob, your not allowed a different opinion.

          • Superdooperhooper

            I didn’t say everyone and you’re allowed an opinion but it doesn’t mean I have to tolerate it . Open a proper account so I can block you and we needn’t have any more discussion

          • Realist

            Fair enough, just don’t respond to my comments then, you responded to a comment I posted to someone else further up. I didn’t make you get involved that was your choice.

          • Superdooperhooper

            Why are you one of the greys?

          • Pezza

            I’m not a Tory, I find it hard enough to find someone to vote for, never mind join their club.

            I’m no fan of the current Labour leadership, utter scum but that doesn’t mean I have to be a Tory.

    • Superdooperhooper

      The Yorkshire ripper didn’t have people egging him on on social media and look what he did . Some people are psychopaths. That’s nothing to with Twitter or Facebook

      • Realist

        Social media is a form of mass mind control. Society is deliberately being dumbed down, they want a nation of workers not thinkers, do as your told type people. This is not good.

        • X,WHY,Y MAN.

          Exactly !

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Your naïve if you think that these platforms do not subvert and cause herd mentality.
        There are many cases where the medium itself has been used as a murder for hire, Gangland beefs, Crimes of passion, and revenge attacks etc
        Only today I have read an article that there are so many death threats issued to members on a weekly basis.

        I am not asking for you to agree with me, Each to their own and all that.
        It is my own personal standpoint that some of these platforms are very dangerous indeed and are ruining the fabric of society !

        • Superdooperhooper

          So you’re in favour of shooting the messenger then? Blame the medium and not the person? Makes no sense to me

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            Not saying it’s all on the provider of the said platform but a lot of times it does not help situations.

  • Rich Lawson

    Too much ”social media” is just an uneducated w##k for the poster.

  • Leazes.

    It Begs the question is the moderation of sites adequate, Disqus has left the door open here to some scumbags who should have had their IP blocked.

    • Realist

      Your not into freedom of speech are you leazes. How would the mag be a true reflection of opinions if they ban people you don’t agree with?! I don’t agree with other people sometimes but dosent mean I want people banned, it’s beneficial to listen to everyone opinions even the ones you don’t agree with, something you and other struggle with.

    • Wezza

      Agree. Those trolls and scumbags all overuse the “I must be a troll cos you don’t agree with me” line and also “you’re paranoid” – knowing fine well they’ve been rumbled.
      They should be banned because they’re trolling. Pure and simple.

    • Pezza

      Yet you, a chap who is so narrow minded and quite frankly vile, is still posting moronic opinions and mostly lies.

  • Down Under Mag

    You need to have a tough skin or be able to switch off easily when it comes to twitter. Anonymity and the fact you can press send before the brain engages just means that people say random stuff, often harsh and totally unwarranted, that they would never say to your face in a million pints. Once you get used to that Twitter can be fun.

    Even sensible discussion gets bad reaction sometimes. True Geordie has blocked me because I mentioned he made it famous by the modern way of being obnoxious just like Gordon Ramsay. you also have people who are so unwilling to accept any opinion that disagrees with their own they won’t even have a sensible conversation about it. I got blocked off some Manc at the weekend for daring to have an opinion about Thatcher closing the mines because I lived in Australia – doesn’t matter that I lived in the North East for over 18y, saw first hand what it had done to old mining communities and the main reason I am in Australia is because my Dad worked in the mines when they were being shut down.

    Most of the internet is just trolls, once you accept that you can have some good banter on the likes of Twitter. Just learn to spot the ones to not engage with…and remember, you don’t ALWAYS have to bite :)

  • Pezza

    What Hanoi is really saying is that he’s not used to people disagreeing with him and had difficulty having his narrow viewpoint challenged.

    This is not exclusive as we can see with Leazes’ and Wezza below. Narrow minded people do not want to listen to anyone else but themselves.

    …….the irony of this…. We are unable to post your comment because you have been banned by The Mag. Find out more.

  • Themoscow72

    What about the abuse Ashley gets on here having a go at supporters of the club. It’s the anti Ashley mob who are far the worst. Luke and George are on their side so you will be fine with them.