- Bullying - or to be precise, the Panorama documentary about cyber-bullying. I know this isn't going to be a popular opinion, but it comes from someone who was bullied most of her school life and still has instances of bullying now. Bullying in school is appalling and every school's main aim should be to eliminate it. Kids can be horrible and their parents don't help matters. It is everyone's responsibility to tackle bullying. However.. (ok, this is where it gets controversial...) cyber-bullying, while just as hurtful and damaging, has a simple solution. Block and report. Silence your online presence. Avoid Formspring. These people will never stop, so just don't give them an audience. A parent will take their child out of school because of bullying, yet they don't remove them from Facebook? I've taught my kids not to be online victims - it's every parents responsibility to do the same.
- Blogging - it's always been a love/hate relationship. I love to read them, it's sometimes a chore to write them (which defeats the purpose) but having read a couple of new-to-me bloggers this week, it amazes me that they can manage to write a blog, perched as they are on that high horse of theirs! Blogging is fun, to me it's like a really long tweet. I've never done PR, I can never remember what SEO stands for. It's like a "U"-rated diary, where I can spout my verbal diarrhoea, to coin a phrase. It's not about being influential, it's not about numbers, it's not about Klout (sigh..), but about you being you being entertaining. IMHO, of course.
- Snow - seriously, be soft, romantic, idyllic, magically... or just fuck off, there's no inbetween.
- Facebook Statitus - the compulsion to air your endless moans and groans on Facebook, in an effort to draw attention and virtual hugs. Everyone deserves sympathy now and then, but sometimes it's nice to hear the good news, to hear the happy times, to hear you've just have a decent cup of tea, ffs!! (This infection is spreading online, mutating to the growing Twitter Updatitus. Get vaccinated now!)
- Take Me Out...ta here! - Nope, this isn't a rant about how much I hate Take Me Out, (though that is so true.. you wouldn't believe how enraged it makes me.. the archaic format, the sexist banter...grrrr...but, I digress) this is a twitter bugbear of mine. Some people like some programmes, and so they tweet about those programmes. Some people hate those programmes... so why, the fuck, do they tweet about those programmes? You don't like it, we get it. That doesn't give you the right to sneer and deride people who do? Block the hashtag, ignore the tweets or, god forbid, turn off Twitter! Just stop being so pompous!
I think that's enough. There are obviously more than five things that pissed me off, but in an attempt to avoid being on anyone else's list, I'll quit while I'm ahead!