Posted on Wednesday, 19th December 2012 by admin
Firstly I may have to apologise for my writing style, I’m no smart. I failed English
I’m a young-ish Celtic supporter who is active on various social networking platforms and a member of, although not active on, various football forums. Why am I not active on them? Because they’re all depressing pits of cringeworthy back slappery, where everyone is desperate to be liked. I like a bit of variety with my opinions and you don’t really get that on forums.
A certain mentality, or a certain viewpoint tends to pick up momentum on internet forums and eventually it pretty much takes over.
I’m no saying it’s always a bad, extreme or dangerous viewpoint. I’m just saying that it’s damn boring.
Over the past 7 (or so) years Ive found that people in my age group, regardless of which team they support, have divided into 2 separate camps of football supporter.
Those who allow their opinion to be formed seemingly by whatever they read on the internet and those who dont.
Your average “internet tim” will be a regular on many forums, participate in twitter debates, be an avid reader of (the terrible) “Phil’s” blog and generally have a distrust of anything the MSM (main stream media) says. They firmly believe there’s a wider conspiracy out there and there are people who are part of it, who shouldn’t be trusted. They will seek out what they think to be injustices and take great offence at them. Usually blowing them out of all proportion.
There are also people who have identified this market brilliantly and manipulate it for their own ends, usually to flog books and their blog (Phil, Matt McGlone & others).
These people don’t like football, they like the politics of football.
By the way you can substitute “internet tim” for “internet hun” and that still rings true, just change the names of the bloggers.
(Oh if you’re offended by the use of the word hun, too bad. Offense is a feeling and feelings are personal. You don’t get to have everything your own way because you’re “offended”. Walk it off.)
Then you’ve got people like me and many many others. Who dip in and out of these things, acknowledge that somethings don’t really make sense but won’t get hung up on them.
(For example, the papers printing “RIP Rangers” one month, then a year later wishing them a happy 140th birthday doesn’t really make sense but that’s the game that’s played.)
But because we won’t instantly take to our twitters, our blogs, our phones to tell the “other lot” to pipe down. They tend to have their voices heard above all others.
Your “internet tim/hun” are genuinely in danger of thinking they ARE the Celtic/Rangers support. When in fact they struggle to comprehend that they only make up a small part.
So pipe down, you’re ruining football.
‘The anonymous tim’ can be found on twitter – @AntsBhoy81