Saturday 23 September 2017

Anger on social media doesn’t make it on to the diverse and dignified streets of London

Solidarity: A woman looks at flowers, tributes and messages left for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters
Solidarity: A woman looks at flowers, tributes and messages left for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Fergal Keane

We are becalmed in a city where the air is thick with heat. Calumnies and promises stream across the airwaves, computer screens and newspapers, and through our open windows. These are such angry times. Leaders are denounced as fools and liars or hailed as the champions of a brighter future.

We are asked to have no faith and all faith. Venture an opinion on social media that offends any consensus and attack dogs rise in ravening packs.

I am so sick and tired of the angry brigade that I increasingly resist the temptation of Twitter with its 140-character capacity to rob every argument of nuance while offering a forum for the loud-mouthed and ignorant.

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