There is always a shelter

Twitter has spent several weeks thinking about one of its specialties, hatred, although in recent cases —that of the bellowing of the students of the Elías Ahuja residence hall, and the song at the Vox party of “Let’s go back to 36 ( …) the left that governs is already called the Popular Front”—, the networks have not been the origin, but the method of denunciation or reprobation.

Let’s say that every day the Twitter users have to decide what they are going to use their superpowers on, whether to do good or evil, and although the examples of the former are more striking, there are also examples of the latter. In the social network you can insult, harass and offend, but you can also smile and even learn.

It has never been a trend nor does it pretend to be, but its community is grateful and growing. Every week, @cinemelodic posts long threads with movie trivia. Account, for example, of ET: “Spielberg’s point of view is absolutely new. His alien is not threatening nor does he intend to exterminate the Earth. There are no metaphors about the nuclear threat or galactic battles.” The film, he adds, “represents childhood, innocence. Spielberg’s camera always moves at the height of the children. Have you ever noticed that you don’t see the faces of adults until the last third? We won’t see any faces except the mother’s. If the children at the end of the tape cry because of subconscious intuition, the adults do so because they remember. ET is the child in all of us. When he is that child, everything is possible,

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On the 67th anniversary of the premiere of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, the account celebrated it with another thread full of anecdotes: “The set was the largest created up to that time (…) He made a gigantic dollhouse: 30 meters wide and 60 long, a height of several stories, two months of work, 50 men, 31 apartments, a car furnished with electricity and hot water. In fact, ‘Miss Torso’ lived in her apartment during filming…”.

There is always a shelter, a cinema where you can wait for the rain to stop outside. Because there were videos of what happened in the Elías Ahuja, its dissemination on the networks could be multiplied and an unfortunate tradition – calling the neighbors whores, nymphomaniacs and rabbits at the top of their voices from the opposite windows – agreed to condemn the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition and forced those responsible to apologize. Analyst David Álvarez explains that Twitter “has fewer users than other networks, but it is where politicians and journalists are and that broadens their power, it can turn certain content into a public complaint.”

The events occurred in the early hours of October 3 and climbed to the most viewed list three days later. The account that made the video viral – more than two million views – is that of @ceciarmy, who does not follow anyone and has 3.3 million followers on Instagram and more than 730,000 on Twitter. On his website he introduces himself as “influencer, professional in social networks and internet marketing”. Most of the content he posts is humorous.

The analyst Mariluz Congosto explains that the viralization of the video “began by the profiles that denounced the sexist chants” and that “until it was widely known on Twitter, the groups that justified it did not appear.” That advantage helped rejection win over understanding. “It is a case in which public opinion can call into question the conduct of closed groups and modify ‘customs’, no matter how deep-rooted they may be.”

The bad news is that certain things continue to happen. The good news is that now they bother us and sometimes we can do something to change it.

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