A Riotous Week

The big London news this week was of course the intense drama and controversy of the Olympic beach volleyball test event. Um…well…that and the riots. The violence and looting that has broken out in London and elsewhere has inevitably resulted in a great amount of debate and disagreement.  So it is that this, RAD Software’s first Scottish roundup, must focus on the national discussion. That said, I won’t topics close to my own heart – technology and business – won’t be wholly neglected.

Do video games represent and entrench a violent generational shift? Amsaman analyses the role of gory video games in spurring the activities of the looting youth.  Suitably Despairing is more drawn to the civilising influence of Scotland’s revamped National Museum of Scotland, though not immune from being annoyed when the nation’s treasures are closed off to the public at 5pm sharp.

Subrosa presciently posts the late Jimmy Reid’s 1971 address to University of Glasgow students, in which he contends that ;

‘Society and its prevailing sense of values leads to another form of alienation. It alienates some from humanity. It partially de-humanises some people, makes them insensitive, ruthless in their handling of fellow human beings, self-centred and grasping. The irony is, they are often considered normal and well-adjusted. It is my sincere contention that anyone who can be totally adjusted to our society is in greater need of psychiatric analysis and treatment than anyone else.’

With the present back and forth concerning alienation, propriety and the winners and losers of contemporary society, Mr Reid’s challenge to conventional norms is particularly interesting.

Back on the topic of IT as a positive/negative force, In A Bun Dance reports her frustrations with modern applications of technology, enjoying the opportunity to enjoyably pass the time with digital baubles while lamenting the lack of modern solutions to the everday drudgery of housework. Maybe a good scrub gets out those riotous energies?

GHmltn has recently enjoyed a trip to Malta and has subsequent reflections on the beautiful island’s chaotic history. Having been controlled by various powers, and subject to different political settlements, Malta has a rich history. GHmltn considers that history is often more complex than it first appears, and is itself written by those with a reason to write a certain viewpoint into being; another thought to be borne in mind when assessing the present riot-related upset.

Kelvin Holdsworth considers the rioting more explicitly in his blog as he sets out the type of address he’d like to see from David Cameron, copping to his earlier Bullingdon Club involvement and setting out a more humane social policy. Blimple echoes this perspective, commenting that;

‘…another thing that’s pissing me off is the accusations that these rioters don’t have a real ’cause’ or real problems because they’re stealing plasma TVs and trainers – rather than food. Well it’s a little harder to break into a shop and steal education, jobs and opportunity.’

As someone who works for an IT company that services the manufacturing sector, my interest in creating opportunities and jobs is pretty significant. In that vein I’ll finish with one of the latest RAD Software blogs on the prospect of a recovering economy. Bye!