/ Touching the Void author abused by school kids online
"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”."
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.
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.
> 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.
I'd say it's his best book. subsequent ones may have been more considered but not half as good a story.
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....'
Only till the knife comes out.......
> Only till the knife comes out.......
Thank you....I was quite pleased myself.
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.
I always got the impression Simpson takes himself pretty seriously, everyone needs taking down a peg every once in a while!
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.
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.
I accede to you. I have not followed the abuse in detail.
Elsewhere on the site
2014 has been a bumper year for climbing publications. Here's a few of the ones that we have either read, or ones that we... Read more
Over the years I've been asked many times about work as a Rope Access technician, often by Instructors and Guides working for... Read more
Atom Series: Synthetic insulated mid layers AR: All-Round. Significantly warmer and more protective than a fleece hoody, this... Read more
Nikwax’s uncompromising environmental ethos has once again been recognised and rewarded by a trusted authority in... Read more
Hot Aches Productions premiered their latest film Redemption: The James Pearson Story at Kendal Mountain Festival on... Read more