Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Headgear in Quebec


Facebook, or rather some of the people on Facebook, really annoy the hell out of me.

Last week there was a story in the news about a Muslim woman in Quebec who was told to remove her headscarf in court by a judge.

Here is a picture of the woman concerned and her headscarf:


Here is the image that accompanied someone talking about this case on Facebook:


A world of difference, would you not agree? Muslims seem to be the right wing's target du jour and from some of the garbage on Facebook you'd think there was no such thing as a good Muslim.

The writer, Theodore Shoebat, seems to be related to Walid Shoebat, a personage well known for embroidering the truth or even total fabrication.

A lot of the stuff you find on Facebook is twisted and targeted at the weak minded, who merely regurgitate it with no attempt at verification. A lot of it is just outright lies and misinformation peddled by stirrers. I'm more likely to believe stuff found in the Daily Mail than on Facebook, and that's saying something.

Pertinent to this particular story, would a nun have been asked to remove her wimple, or a Sikh is turban? I think not.


3 comments:

  1. I have to say that there seems to have been a descent over the years from the days when social media was used as a means of expression (I am thinking particularly of blogs) to where it is used as merely a swift - and all too often mindless - tick-box affirmation. I do suspect that the day of the blog is passing, but I am not impressed with what is replacing it. (click if you like)

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  2. Chairman:
    "I'm more likely to believe stuff found in the Daily Mail than on Facebook, and that's saying something."

    This gave me a good chuckle. :)

    Alan:
    "I do suspect that the day of the blog is passing, but I am not impressed with what is replacing it."

    Then resist! Social media is where all the big money is, because it's where all the advertising revenue is to be made. But the blogs will not end if we continue to support them.

    We shall write them on the beaches, we shall write them on the internet, we shall write them in the fields and streets, we shall write them in the hills, we shall never surrender! Viva the Republic of Bloggers!

    *salutes*

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    1. Chris - what annoys me in FB is that you find something interesting, click on it, and then spend 20 minutes looking for the "next" button, which is hidden among a plethora of "next" buttons that are just links to adverts, with the most likely candidate for the genuine "next" button actually being a click through advert.

      Design a "real next button" highlighter....

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