Listen, please. I think this is important, crucial even.

I assembled this thread of #FBPE people attacking tories. It repeats the same point over and over and over. I tried to be somewhat entertaining in my presentation, but there is basically only one thing demonstrated. 1/
It was very easy to do; part of the material simply came to me while establishing the thread, and the rest was easy to find. I could literally go on with it forever and ever, and if I feel like it, I might still add new material; easy piece. 2/
But since every tweet basically demonstrated the same point: #FBPE person attacking tories, it only gets more trite tweet by tweet. @audreidana said I was boring, and she was spot on. 3/
Not only was the point on repeat; the point was it was also stating the bleedingly obvious. Why on earth would you state the same bleedingly obvious point in tweet after tweet? 4/
Because it was not obvious to everybody. It was a contested point. #FPBE was being described as anti-Corbyn, tory (or "blairite" whatever that is) movement. 5/
I feel no need to "defend" myself from that claim.

I have no skin in the pro >< anti Corbyn game.

I AM PRO EU. And I am from Denmark.

I could not care less who the leader of the labour party was, as long as that person was pro EU. 6/
However, I DO care about something else. I care about basic facts, and I care about disinformation. There is so much smoke, so many mirrors in public debate these days that it threatens the fabric of society; it threatens democracy as it renders meaningful debate impossible. 7/
Now what we were dealing with was trite, obvious. #FBPE - Follow Back Pro EU - defined by @AuroraBlogspot as PRO EU and AGAINST the rising tide of the far right, is BOUND to be critical of a Tory government that pushes for Brexit through any and every safegulard. 8/
And still this very very simple fact is obfuscated for political gains leading to weird claims in debates, recurrent confusion, false claims being made and repeated and doubt - doubt everywhere. About the simplest, most evident claims. 9/
And so I piled on the evidence, and piled it on and piled it on. So the next time somebody says "#FBPE are actually just tories in disguise", or something equally disingenuous, I have it ready. 10/
Why? Because I'm annoyed, obviously. But even more because it's utterly destructive to civic discourse to allow disinformation to travel through SoMe unchallenged. It needs to be beaten down. 11/
Beaten down every single time. 12/
So, if you want to debate #FBPE-people; be my guest. But if you resort to a strawman against which the evidence is so easily accessible, you are either acting against better judgement or critically negligent. 13/
At a point in time in which democracy itself is on the line, and disinformation is one of the most potent weapons used against it.

Don´t, just don't! 14/
Oh, and in case you are wondering: how about anti-Corbyn #FBPE-activity?

Easy to find, easy to document, completely to be expected from the stance of #FBPE.

I could do a mile-long boring thread on that too. Nothing to it. If and when its needed it, I'll do it right away. 15/
Also: I'm a researcher; is this a research result? Not quite.

Could the pile up be replaced by better forms of evidence, sure.

Can a tech wizz work it up in a much better way? Not a doubt about it.

Do you seriously doubt it would move the evidence significantly? 16/
So, the long and short of it, even if the fight is heated, don´t obfuscate the simple things, those where the evidence is THAT easy to find.

If you do you are playing into the hands of the bullshitters, the liars, the misinformers, and the anti-democrats.

Don´t do it. 17/17
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Jun 24, 2018
Hmmmm, I am running too many threads already. But how about a "#FBPE-people attacking Tories"-thread? It's clearly a worthwhile endeavor. Feel free to pitch in.
Exhibit one is a complete Role Playing Game adventure. Man. did they have an anti-tory blast with that one:

Just copying in from old threads. Exhibit two #FBPE-person stomping a tory. Well-deserved I might add.

Read 56 tweets
Jun 14, 2018
The #threats invaded my #Brexit #genre #thread. It was supposed to be mostly fun and #FBPE-games, but the threads turn it grim . So. I'll establish this new thread of uses of the threat as genre in the Brexit debate. It won´t be a lot of fun. #forensic #linguistics #genrestudies
Before I get going, a little piece of research dissemination on threats by my good colleagues @TanyaKaroli and @MarieEBM:

Exhibit A: @cliodiaspora has had to bear a truckload of abuse and quite a few threats for her engagement. I admire her intensely for sticking to her guns. This one is ugly in many many different ways.

Read 16 tweets
Apr 11, 2018
At the University of Copenhagen we are going to have SUCH a Brexit dividend when we appropriate your EU-research funding and take away your researchers.

But still, most of us would still rather have you stay.
I've said it before, but I'll repeat it, as it actually makes me slightly agitated: The British public seems to have little-to-no idea about serendipity involved in the prominence of British universities.
Because English has become the international Lingua Franca of research, British researchers and research institutions have an priori advantage over the rest of us that could not be bought for money: They are "International" to start with.
Read 11 tweets
Apr 2, 2018
After an intense vote (see below), it was decided that my 5k-followers celebration thread should be on genre and fake news. A topic which I, for fairly strange non-standard reasons, happen to know a little bit about.

Thanks to all who played in particular The Usual Suspects, @IAmMardikins (who suggested the winning topic; hail the chairman!) @Dogtrouser_PI @Ferretgrove @TanyaKaroli @MarieEBM and a truckload of others. Anyway. Here goes:
A thread on genre and fake news. 1/
Read 33 tweets
Feb 27, 2018
A short thread on #RemainerNow-acceptance. To my pleasure, I have noticed that when someone declares herself or himself a @RemainerNow the recepetion from the Remainer-community and particularly the #FBPE communitiy has been largely enthusiastic. 1/
However there invariably seem to be somebody that is so furious about the whole Brexit ordeal that they fire all cannons upon meeting a #Remainernow. I find that at the same time completely understandable and a very dumb move. 2/
It's completely understandable because Brexit is such an enormous act of stupidity on a national and international level that it must get tempers rising. In particular, of course, tempers with continuous remainers who have seen Brexit for the shambles it is from the start. 3/
Read 16 tweets
Jan 14, 2018
So, while we are resting on the #FBPE-laurels after a hot chase of #WATON, a few very preliminary thoughts on #Brexit and #genre. As my handle indicates, I came to #Twitter with an intent to talk about genre #research, but I have ended up talking about Brexit instead. 1/
Or is that indeed "instead"? A central finding of #genrestudies is that #genre is well nigh omnipresent in human culture, cognition, and communication. Thus, we think, react, and act in genre patterns, and we all have a surprising aptitude for understanding and using genre. 2/
Thus, it may never have entered your mind while discussing #Brexit (or, hopefully, the lack thereof) that you are constantly using and discussing #genre. But you are. Allow me to show you. 3/
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