Not to be pedantic, but does BBM really count as a "social network"? It's more a messaging service, no?
RT @katiekitamura: More 'robust' policing in the UK: Man arrested under the Serious Crimes Act, for plotting water fight by Blackberry h ...
Heading out of London in the direction of Birmingham to meet with a national consortium of youth SLAM poetry producers. Excited!
RT @daddydark: There is nothing worse than doing an amazing project with some young people and finding out they went back to the old way ...
RT @daddydark: And make sure that the youth project you implicate has a legacy and is sustainable. The six week poetry project is dead too.
Can beauty save us? Yesterday
I looked at the river and a sliver
of moon and knew the answer;
today I fell asleep in a spot of sun
behind a Vermont barn, woke to
darkness, a thin whistle of wind
and the answer changed. Inside the barn
the boys build bongs out of
copper piping, electrical tape, and
jars. All of the children here have
leaky brown eyes, and a certain precision
of gesture. Even the maple syrup
tastes like liquor. After dinner
I sit the cutest little boy on my knee
and read him a book about the history of cod
absentmindedly explaining overfishing,
the slave trade. People for rum? he asks,
incredulously. Yes, I nod. People for rum.
—via Two poems by Maggie Nelson | machine project
Picked up a recommendation for Maggie Nelson via Eireann Lorsung (@eireannmor), and glad for it. Currently investigating further…
“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”
- Freya Stark (via fasteater)
Two incident maps for an overview of London/UK disturbance: http://bit.ly/rtCG3Q ... http://bit.ly/qorIsm
RT @godsdog: A key distinction in the digital era: Being smart doesn't mean keeping up on events, it means understanding them.
RT @BlueBirdTail: Just witnessed the aftermath @ Catford Halfords: Sat Navs, car stereo, exp. bikes. Mgr said 9 stores targeted, 6 broke ...
“There’s a widespread myth that law and order is preserved by police, politicians and other forces of authority. Not true. Never has been. If we all decide to go out and chuck a dustbin through Argos’s window and help ourselves, it would take about 15 million coppers to contain it. We actually have about 150,000. Law and order is kept by a collective acceptance of mutual goals. If, as a society, we look after each other, offer everyone a share and a stake in the common weal, maintain some semblance of a Rousseauian Social Contract, then the vast majority of people will mostly stick to the rules without ever needing to see a police officer. When people lose that sense of being looked after, no longer feel part of society, no longer feel like they have any kind of share in any kind of collective, the ties that bind begin to be broken. Rioting, especially the type of vandalism & looting we’ve seen in London, is a sure sign that the social contract is unravelling around the edges. In the days and weeks and months to come, we shall see how far it has frayed. There are few things more dangerous to a society than a populace with nothing left to lose.”
- There is a context to London’s riots that can’t be ignored | Nina Power | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
RT @brumguvnor: Wonder if the media will comment on the role of social media in organising a spontaneous #riotcleanup ? Yes I'm looking ...
RT @dhothersall: As we digest last night's horrors and brace for economic storms, Londoners coming together for #riotcleanup is welcome ...
RT @simonpegg: Visit www.riotcleanup.co.uk for info on how and where to help if you can. #riotcleanup
Toured the 'hood. Quiet for now. Glass on some streets. Chinese shop and pub on Lee High Road smashed in. Let's see what tomorrow brings.
Dear students, young poets and writing fam: please stay safe...
London Riots Map - maps tweets with postcode and tag #londonriots - not sure how accurate. Missing SELon action... http://bit.ly/oxk9C1
“@deptfordhighst: still not heard any confirmation of that. Lots of confusion due to Sky News confusing Deptford with Peckham!”
RT @mwendelezi: smh RT @FavouriteThing: @mwendelezi yep. West Croydon and north end. Station been closed. Argos and maplin looted #londo ...
Police are reportedly threatening punishment for those inciting violence via social networks... Any praises for good uses? #LondonRiots