The Chatroom of Commons

Big Ben (Bell not the Tower)
The House of Commons has turned into the highest internet chatroom in the land. The economy is in real trouble, there are numerous national and international issues that our elected representatives should be turning their collective wisdom to and what are they obsessing about? Moderation.

Look at any chatroom worthy of its name and every now and again, more often than not, you’ll find that chatters turn to criticising the moderator and bemoaning how the forum either a) used to be much better than it is now or b) that recent events mean the future of the forum is in jeopardy.

In these discussions, as in the Commons, the tone is grave. Long-serving members pipe up and share their pearls of wisdom and dust-off ancient, long-forgotten incidents and examples. Discussion focusses on minutiae or the process: “We must be allowed to discuss the problems. Only three hours? Whatever happened to the freedom of speech? We’re being censored!” The moderator, like the Speaker, is almost entirely superfluous to the discussion and can only look on.

And, of course, to the casual observer (the outsider), it’s all rather perplexing and seems blown out of proportion: “aren’t there more important matters to consider?” The forum regular disagrees: “if you think that, you just don’t understand.”

2 Responses to The Chatroom of Commons

  1. cian says:

    I think the real concern in such a forum is Godwin’s Law – I’m waiting for the day for Cameron to call Brown a freaking Nazi for some reason.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_Law

  2. Dan Wilson says:

    I had a bit of an outbreak of Godwins on here the other week and meant to scribble a bit about it. So, thanks for the reminder.

    http://www.wilsondan.co.uk/2008/11/25/smallbizpod-scribblings/

Leave a Reply

Please use your real name instead of your company name or keyword spam.