Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con (Photo (C) Alan A Andrew)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Internet Comments

 You know how sometimes comments on Internet forums can have a life of their own, bringing forth absurd, angry rants? The (very) few forums I look at with any regularity are generally pleasant, informative, thoughtful places, but occasionally tempers flare, sometimes for clear reasons.
However, this seemingly innocuous video on YouTube descends pretty quickly into farce, the heat generated is so intense:
 "Titanic Video"
There are over 100 pages of comments. Most seem to take umbrage at the word 'video' ("there was no video in those days"), some believe the Titanic was in 1812 (before "colour video, that's why it's black and white!") quite a lot believe the Titanic is just a movie made in the 90s about a fictional ship, some seem to think there's a conspiracy in there somewhere (well, it IS the internet, after all) and these are just some of the more rational comments.

It's just six months till the anniversary of this awful disaster, and the Mersey Maritime Museum are having a big exhibition. Go and see the new Museum of Liverpool while you're there.


Kid said...

I'm glad I never get involved with rants. Huurrruuuummmpphhhh! ('Scuse me, somefing in me froat!)

stevenjohnston said...

When I'm feeling down or perhaps simply bored I shall turn to a random youtube video and read the idiotic comments for a bit of laugh. At the very least it reminds me that my life isn't as bad as those plonkers.