“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

Superb! Last two paras very quotable.

Notes from a New Scot

Well, this is a post that I’ve been wanting to write for some time. What finally prompted me to do so was the fallout from what seems to have been a bizarre experiment in trolling conducted over the past few days by Dr Jennifer Jones, a media practitioner and academic with a PhD from the University of the West of Scotland. First some background for those who missed out on all the action.

The starting point of Dr Jones’ research, and her collaboration with David Leask of The Herald (also see her associated comment piece), is of much less interest to me than the events that unfolded on her Twitter timeline over the past few days. So there are accounts on Twitter of dubious origin who might be exploiting national and global events to try and influence opinion. Who knew?! What I find much more interesting is Dr Jones’…

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2 thoughts on ““Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”

  1. Ludo Thierry August 29, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Hi John – thanks for directing our attention to this most readable blog site written by A Northern English Lass in the Highlands. The Northern English Lass points out that the trolling and gaslighting by the mainstream media/opinion formers (british/unionist) has resulted in Indy-minded people locating alternative media space with some remarkable success – “Over time this takes its toll, it really does. People become frustrated because they are being lied to, lied about and seem to have no right of reply via mainstream channels. They feel victimised and powerless, and this is not without consequences. The consequence is that the Scottish independence campaign has created its own “safe space” on Twitter, an environment which it has achieved mastery over. Powerful use of hashtags, linking of like-minded accounts through following and re-tweeting, it all serves to amplify a message that would otherwise be all but drowned out by the almost exclusive unionist focus of the mainstream media”.

    In Scotland this exclusive unionist world view is continuing to damage (surely now beyond repair?) the traditional newsprint vehicles. See today’s half-yearly figures from Johnston Press (edit from beeb business page below):

    Publisher Johnston Press saw revenue fall by 10% in the first half of 2018.

    Digital advertising was hit after changes to Google’s online search algorithm and Facebook’s news feed.

    The Scotsman and Yorkshire Post publisher said overall revenue slid to £93m ($118.6m) in the six months to July, from £103.3m a year before.

    Johnston Press shares fell as much as 21% after the results and were down by 15% in late morning trade.

    The group, which owns about 200 titles across the UK, said underlying advertising revenues fell by 15% while classified ad sales plunged 28.5% year-on-year.

    Digital advertising revenues, which have previously helped offset a decline in traditional advertising sales, were down by 7.4%.

    The bond holders are supposed to be paid out in 2019 (£220M) – One has to wonder how much longer JP can defy the force of financial gravity? (yet the proprietors resolutely apply a business model which deliberately excludes half of their potential Scottish based customers).


  2. Ludo Thierry August 29, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Hi John – in my post above I said ‘the proprietors’ of JP continue to apply a mad business model – I am, of course, utterly wrong in this – The proprietors (shareholders) are having zero input into the current direction of JP. The company has been kidnapped and held hostage by its self-selecting Board of Directors. An ‘activist’ shareholder is trying to rescue the company but is coming up against the poison pill arrangements instituted by the Directors. The world is going crazy – and JP are gradually lowering themselves into their own commercial grave.


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