/ Touching the Void author abused by school kids online

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Morgan Woods - on 29 May 2012
This caught my eye:

"But the story of the triumph of the human will to survive in the face of almost overwhelming adversity was lost on the teenagers.
They dubbed him a “crevasse w------”, condemned his work as “boring” and even claimed he would lead them to fail their exams.

Mr Simpson summed up the abuse in a tweet which read: "A lovely day of children writhing in their hellish hormonal middens...good night vile innocents may you all seethe in bilious acid pus.”
He told one student “adios stupido” and called the remainder “illiterate saddos”."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/9289401/Touching-the-Void-climber-bombarded-...

I remember reading it when I was at school but I couldn't imagine it being part of the syllabus. It's a fantastic read but I thought you had to study, you know, like novels in English. Plus I think non-climbers might struggle with the detail.
johncoxmysteriously - on 29 May 2012
In reply to Morgan Woods:

It's a pretty dull book, very far from JS's best, so much so that one was half-rooting for the inevitable happy ending not to occur. And you'd think Joe would have more sense than to make a fool of himself on Twitter.

Of course nasty children on the internet are, well, nasty, but nothing new.

jcm
toad - on 29 May 2012
In reply to Morgan Woods: Couple of threads about this last week
Doug on 29 May 2012
In reply to toad: was in the Guardian last week
Morgan Woods - on 29 May 2012
In reply to toad: gotcha...i'll keep up in future :p
Bulls Crack - on 29 May 2012
In reply to johncoxmysteriously:
> (In reply to Morgan Woods)
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> It's a pretty dull book, very far from JS's best, so much so that one was half-rooting for the inevitable happy ending not to occur. And you'd think Joe would have more sense than to make a fool of himself on Twitter.
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> Of course nasty children on the internet are, well, nasty, but nothing new.
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> jcm

I'd say it's his best book. subsequent ones may have been more considered but not half as good a story.
althesin on 29 May 2012
In reply to johncoxmysteriously: Dull??? It's a real cliff hanger.
andyathome - on 29 May 2012
In reply to Morgan Woods:
But I think its a TOTAL non-story. A few GSCE students suggesting to each other that the book they were being asked to study was a bag of toss in tweets to each other find that the author himself is on a rampage.

They didn't 'attack' Mr Simpson, as I understand it, they just said, to each other - 'I don't like this....'
andyathome - on 29 May 2012
In reply to althesin:
> It's a real cliff hanger.

Only till the knife comes out.......
highclimber - on 29 May 2012
In reply to Morgan Woods: The Docu-film was better than the book IMO
The Lemming - on 29 May 2012
In reply to andyathome:
> (In reply to althesin)
> [...]
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> Only till the knife comes out.......

lol

andyathome - on 29 May 2012
In reply to The Lemming:
Thank you....I was quite pleased myself.
sg - on 29 May 2012
In reply to Morgan Woods:
> This caught my eye:
>

> They dubbed him a “crevasse w------”,

lots of lol here, that's very funny and only kids would come up with it - pure in-betweeners. in one two-word phrase it says plenty about kids, the book and the media, in their presentation of the story.

I bet the exam board wish they'd stuck with jane eyre - they would talk about charlotte bronte like that.
Hardonicus - on 29 May 2012
In reply to Morgan Woods:

I always got the impression Simpson takes himself pretty seriously, everyone needs taking down a peg every once in a while!
Goucho on 29 May 2012
In reply to Hardonicus: And you got that impression from knowing him personally did you?

If you did, you'd know he is exactly the opposite - there's a big difference between being occasionally introspective, and taking your self too seriously.
mullermn - on 29 May 2012
In reply to andyathome:

Actually it was a bit more aggro than that. They were being fairly rude about the book and Joe as an author (in typical teenager fasion) which lead to the banter that the papers picked up on. Joe wasn't making a fuss though, he was just responding in kind.

Then a couple of them started trying to get #PervySimpson trending in a campaign to smear him as a paedophile and he understandably lost patience with it. Other people on twitter did some digging and reported the kids to their headmaster and it all went very quiet very quickly, with some of the kids accounts being deleted.

I follow Joe on Twitter and saw it all happen 'live'.. it's weird to be watching the teacup before the storm arrives for once!

It was massively overblown, but to be fair to Joe and corect the impression from andyathome's post, he was not overreacting at any point.
andyathome - on 29 May 2012
In reply to mullermn:
I accede to you. I have not followed the abuse in detail.
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stroppygob - on 30 May 2012
In reply to Morgan Woods: He should set "Slasher" Yates on them.

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