Social Media Watch
Facebook is like owning a car. On a personal level, we all enjoy the freedoms our motor brings us
but we all know that mass car usage is an environmental disaster, possibly contributing long-term to
our own demise.
So it is with Facebook. On an individual level, we all like to post and receive pictures of cute, cuddly
kittens. Collectively, Facebook can become a cesspool of fomented discord that can be unpleasant
and even poisonous.
The three recent issues dominating Facebook have been the pedestrian priority in Market Street and
Well Street (also known as the new one-way system, which came into being to facilitate more space
for pedestrians); the sighting of a pop-up covid-19 testing facility at Crispin Yard; and Tesco’s car
park. All three brought out the worst in many (though not all) people.
Whatever happened to consideration and respect?
On the one hand, we see posts on Ruthin’s communal Facebook sites welcoming newcomers and
commending the town as such a friendly place in which to live. Which it is. On the other, we see little
other than vitriol and hostility. Aren’t Facebook commenters supposed to be fans of Ruthin? We
know of people who are put off making contributions for the fear of the rash retort that they will
One commenter put it well on Facebook when, during the debate on pedestrian improvements, she
said that Ruthin is 'fast becoming one of the most negative towns I know'. There is certainly an
emerging view that Ruthin has achieved a reputation as something of a ‘moany’ sort of town.
In terms of the pedestrian improvements, we had to do something and perhaps we should just try to
live with it. As far as we know, this scheme isn’t the end of the world.