Below is a simple diagrammatic representation of the content of 200 tweets sent to Joey Barton during the course of the last half hour. I did no filtering at all apart from excluding retweets, which at a guess account for 20% of traffic being sent to Joey at the minute. What is displayed is the words in direct tweets to ‘@Joey7Barton’ from any single twitter account. Size of word indicates frequency of use..
It’s almost impossible to keep up. Tweets were already disappearing off the screen on my adjacent tweetdeck before i could copy them. He is being tweeted more than once every second. And it is easily 90%+ abusive.
Even from a sample of just 250 people you can see there is no pattern to who is tweeting abuse at Joey. Just watching a tweetdeck column for a minute you see the male/female, old/young, long/short, succinct/waffling, punctuated/mispelt.. there’s nothing to characterise his abusers. I must have seen a club crest from at least half of the club’s in the Premier League attached to users’ icons as I copied and pasted.
There is one thing all those tweeting Joey do share , and that’s their cloak of anonymity, a facelessness, a cowardly veil over their identity allowing them to vent the most despicable of their prejudices at a young man, who’s simple crime is a red card in a football match. It’s pathetic, depressing, and unrelenting..
Imagine being called a disgrace every 40 seconds.. (90 times an hour)
Imagine being called a cunt every 48 seconds.. (75 times an hour)
Imagine being reminded of your ‘murdering’ brother every 80 seconds.. (45 times an hour)
And this isn’t the same person doing it over and over. This isn’t the school bully, or the bastard boss. Every single one is a new, unique person. Hundreds, thousands of them, all directing disgusting abuse straight into your hand or into your lap as you sit at home with your family. And still it continues in the corner of my screen…
@Official_Stu: @Joey7Barton U see how u say tevez started the fight…did the guy ur brother attacked with an axe also start it? #familyofcunts……
@TomButt23: @Joey7Barton Fucking wanker…….
@MrCoreyHughes: @Joey7Barton How are you even captain? All of my respect for you has been drained, you shouldn’t be playing football in England again.
@ejtaylor8: @Joey7Barton you cunt! Fuck off cunt you’re an absolute cunt irresponsible ugly shit haired dick head cunt fuck off you cunt!
A red card in a fucking football match…
* Wordle is available here: http://www.wordle.net/create - Wordle changes size of words dependent on the frequency of their use in any sample of text that is input.