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Letters Torquinian - 7 March 2012

By TorquayToby  |  Posted: March 07, 2012

Letters Torquinian

Letters Torquinian

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When I was a youngster politeness was everything. I remember being taught about the EBBOM; in the 80s it was all about the EBBOM. Thirty years on and it is something that would still be a valuable lesson to some.

There are excellent articles on This Is South Devon web portal and there are those not so good but all are written by people in the community who have something they consider important enough to say. Freedom of speech is still a valued societal possession and incentivised by this kind of online media, regardless of status.

But for a moment I want to focus on the comments sections of the portal and more precisely the commentators. You know the bane of those that write the articles not because of challenges to actuality of content but their abject lack of constructive debate. Look closely because at times This Is becomes a cesspool of unintelligent slandering…

Recently, a news story about a serious accident on the A380 near the Pen Inn was met within a few minutes by the comment: 'Yet another reason why we need a bypass. When that road is closed, you get grid lock."

Then Sara Elliot's article about a knife amnesty received the comment: 'Look at these knives, most of them have nothing to do with street crime, just a lot of misfits getting rid of old junk they had hung on the walls of their bedsits.'

Then an article about gay and lesbian foster parents was intruded by the banal comment: '13 foster parents now needed in Syria. Anyone from Totnes interested.' (Fortunately, this comment was later removed presumably following a report).

These are three examples of why stricter moderation is now essential. Where is the natural concern for the safety and well-being of those caught in the accident; where the understanding of the fact that more weapons are out of service; where the moral fortitude to resist writing something in appalling taste?

This Is has become an opportunist window through which can be thrown the most tedious, unintelligent and sometimes malicious words.

Ladies and Gents it is time to bring in the heavies. What is currently rife within the portal should be attended to without hesitation. The bigots, the armchair politicians, the backseat drivers need to look within themselves and begin constructive commenting capable of initiating sensible adult debate otherwise they need to be thrown off at the next stop.

Engage Brain Before Opening Mouth

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  • MartinGrubber  |  March 09 2012, 5:26PM

    Troll alert http://tinyurl.com/7624oej What a pathetic monkey. Oh and TT is following the troll. Oh dear says it all really.

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  • code01803  |  March 09 2012, 2:17AM

    JensonM...same goes for this fool. Oh sorry they are one of the same, how foolish of me.

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  • code01803  |  March 09 2012, 2:16AM

    MartinGrubber.....if he does not like you he complains ....fool.

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  • SmartyC  |  March 09 2012, 12:48AM

    Is that really the best you can come up with SD? Surely even you can see it's time to give it up now...

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  • SlobberDan  |  March 08 2012, 10:38PM

    Toby goes to bo bo's at six o'clock so would anyone else posting on this topic please keep the noise down.

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  • Chunder123  |  March 08 2012, 8:46PM

    why bother reading any of this garbage. Serious stop reading the news. YOu will just fill your mind with unecessary garbage. If you enjoy a never ending story that repeats again and again then maybe read it but i don't see any point in it. I finally came to the conclusion i have no need to know about other peoples misfortunes. MAke ther most of what little time you have left. THis media garbage will be never ending. ITs all reruns anyway. only the names change. WHy give these grunts the satisfaction of publicising stories and making profit off the suffering of others.

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  • MartinGrubber  |  March 08 2012, 7:26PM

    "Breaking the rules"? LOL you should read the rules on stalking and trolling bud. http://tinyurl.com/7pnv4nb Yup clear case of stalking / trolling. What a sad case you are.

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  • JensonM  |  March 08 2012, 5:28PM

    Ah the beauty of the internet. You can say whatever you want and people will believe you. TorquayToby say after me W.h.a.t.e.v.e.r. now please use your time better and find a job so we do not have to fund the like of you good day sir.

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  • TorquayToby  |  March 08 2012, 4:57PM

    CarltonClub, not at all. I'm merely responding to the cretinism of some commentators NOT the articles themselves. As far as I can tell Mr and Mrs Grubber-Slobber have as yet not even attempted to write a few paragraphs. There is a difference. Sorry you are less than impressed at the quality of This Is. Get well soon.

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  • CarltonClub  |  March 08 2012, 4:46PM

    " The bigots, the armchair politicians, the backseat drivers need to look within themselves and begin constructive commenting capable of initiating sensible adult debate otherwise they need to be thrown off at the next stop." @TorquayToby what you are berating is exactly how you responded to our pal SlobberDan - not quite thinking it through are we TT. The reality is if you remove the above quoted 'types' from this down market weekly newspaper there will be a few self opinionated south Hams based snide academics and you TT. A lonely existence and quite honestly boring. Lets face it the news is substandard, most opinion lackluster and the photo library is abysmal. I love visiting the south west by way of this site though as I continue to recuperate from an ailment. However once I'm up & about this be a distant memory.

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