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Stephen Fry saves the internet again

A disaster of epoch-making proportions was narrowly avoided yesterday when, for twelve agonising, nail biting hours, the world waited, digits crossed, gaze fixed intently on its computer screens, to see whether or not @stephenfry, the man widely acknowledged to be in charge of the internet, would make good his admonition that he would be leaving social networking site, Twitter, never to return.

This near tragedy came about in the early hours of yesterday morning when hitherto Twitter also-ran and complete unknown, @brumplum, had the downright gall to refer to Fry’s tweets as “boring”. Naturally Fry wasn’t about to take this lying down and returned serve with interest….

Fry 1

To which, sense of fun and japery going into overdrive, our friend The Plum responded….

Plum 1

Only to discover that Fry wasn’t in on the joke….

Plum 2

As is only right and proper when the honour of a National Treasure™ is impugned, the world wide web went into a ferment, and the sense of outrage and moral panic had reached fever pitch by the time Fry’s QI sidekick, the part time actor and full time Dagenham enforcer, @alandavies1, arrived on the scene and waded in with this flailing combination of haymakers….

Davies 1

Followed by….

Davies 2

And finally, the following call for all good Essex men and true to take up arms in defence of our hero….

Davies 3

And so it continued, for hour after hour, with enraged Twits landing body blow after body blow on The Plum, while the object of all this opprobrium and his small but loyal band of followers manned the barricades to prevent his Twitter account from being overrun and laid waste utterly.

But no word from Fry. Would the internet ever be the same again? Would he return, right hand raised, doe eyed, beatific smile illuminating his features, to pronounce benediction on a rapturous, welcoming throng, or would he be lost forever, a memory, a rumour, a smudge on a forgotten page of history?

Finally, early this morning, as dawn’s fingertips began slowly to draw back the black velvet curtain of night, our long, uncertain vigil was at an end….

Fry 2

And suddenly as if the yesterday’s brouhaha had never happened, love was all around….

Plum 3

Now I think I speak for the vast majority of right thinking people when I say that this kind of thing cannot, under any circumstances, be permitted to happen again. We simply cannot afford to run the risk of Stephen Fry deleting his Twitter account and the internet collapsing into chaos and anarchy. Therefore, with this in mind, I have devised a plan, a series of options that should allow us to sleep easy in our beds….

  1. All personal insults, jibes and brickbats must henceforth be presented to a Mockery Panel, made up of admired and respected Twits, such as @rustyrockets, @CHRISDJMOYLES, @MayorOfLondon or @jenxstudios, and scrutinised for quality, grammar, and diversity consciousness. Any that don’t pass muster must be deleted and the user’s account suspended until he, or she, can prove to the panel’s satisfaction that he, or she, has mastered the subjunctive as prescribed in Fowler’s Modern English Usage.
  2. All prospective Twitter account holders must be subjected to psychological profiling, involving online Rorschach Tests, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and Neuro Linguistic Programming, and graded on a score of one to ten. Any user scoring below one will be banished from the internet until the Apocalypse.
  3. The word, “boring”, must be substituted by the following sequence of characters from the Greek alphabet: βορίνγ
  4. There must be full implementation of the harshest, most unforgiving Darwinian principles, with unregulated, all in, free-for-all mockery, lampooning, ridicule and sending up, and may the best man, or woman, win.

Call me callous and obdurate but I’m inclined to go with option 4.

Alan Davies has been unavailable for comment, on Twitter at least, for the last 16 hours.

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10 comments on “Stephen Fry saves the internet again

  1. There wasn’t this outcry when I quit Twitter! Which is exactly what’s so wrong with Twitter.

    • There’s a fine dividing line, Madeley, between national treasure and national daytime TV presenter, and there lies the root of your problem.

      If you asked nicely, I’m sure they’d have you back over at Twitter.

  2. I feel that I may be the only person who does not read SF on twitter. This makes me undoubtedly a very special, if deluded, person.

  3. No, Madame, you are not alone in avoiding Mr Fry. I don’t follow him, nor Alan Davies, whose playground antics only serve to make me dislike him even more, if that were possible. I find Twitter utterly baffling; both its purpose and its popularity elude me.

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  5. I was heartily amused when it appeared on the BBC News site within an hour of the initial threat to quit. As “news”.

    The media are starting to understand that Twitter has some influence, but they still don’t understand what that means.

    The purpose of Twitter, Rotwatcher, is whatever you want to make of it. You can chat, play silly word games, share interesting links or information, network, upset celebrities, be a celebrity, be abusive and anonymous, be offensively dull, be a computer programme promising porn you can’t possibly deliver, and so on…

    There is no secret formula.

  6. This twitter stuff is amazing. I cannot believe it. Could they perhaps…organise a twitter competition for rewriting the Bible? Let me know. Is Steven Fry the same person as Esteban Frito over here?

  7. Or, indeed, Estêvão Frito, as they say over here.

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