FCE First Certificate course Lesson 26
Dialogue Lesson 26
Dialogue 26: Twitter
Nowadays, it is rare to come across someone who doesn’t use the social networking site; “Twitter”. It is now a popular page for millions of people and in the last few years, thousands of celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon. For 6 years, it has been a vehicle for self-promotion of celebrities who relish the opportunity to share snippets of their lives with fans and friends, at no more than 140 characters per tweet.
However, in the past few years, the website has taken a dangerous turn, as social networking sites often do. There has been an influx of Twitter ‘trolls’ who are users of the website who take advantage of the opportunity to interact with the rich and famous by abusing them on a daily basis. When I say ‘abusing’, I am talking about vitriolic attacks on innocent human beings. They don’t just receive negative comments which leave a bitter taste in the mouth, they are targeted and taunted in such a personal and poisonous way that it has forced some celebs to abandon the site.
There is the argument that things like this are the price of fame. I can see the truth in that statement to that extent, especially when it comes to C list celebrity wannabes who go on shows like “Geordie Shore” and “The Valleys” in order to boost their profiles and enjoy their 15 minutes of fame. For this type of celebrity, although nasty abuse still isn’t justified in any way, we could say that they have to tolerate the negativity they receive because life in the public eye is what they wanted and they therefore have to accept the bad that comes with the good.
However, what if we take a look at more dignified celebrities. Those who have a talent and whose careers are based on using their talent to not only make themselves happy in doing what they love, but to make others happy by giving them something to help them escape from their daily, mundane lives. Those who have been made famous by the industries of film, television, music and journalism. Those who have opened up their lives to give fans an insight into what they do. Do they honestly deserve to have cruel people making their lives hell?
The latest celebrity to have given up on Twitter is comedian Matt Lucas, who became a national treasure after the success of his hilarious sitcom “Little Britain”. Lucas, who is openly gay, was an avid user of Twitter, before being struck by the curse of Twitter trolls who targeted him after the death of his partner. The cruel words of one person in particular got to Lucas, those of a 16-year old who made a joke about Kevin McGee’s suicide. Lucas has stated in interviews since the incident that he could no longer be involved in an Internet community where such heartless views from such a young person could be expressed. Although he received an apology from the teenager and tons of support from fans and fellow celebrities who had the hashtag “We love you Matt Lucas” trending, this wasn’t enough to deter Lucas from making the decision to leave the world of Twitter behind.
When it comes to such personal issues like suicide that are being taunted on the Internet, we have to wonder how far the cruel jibes will be able to go before Twitter steps in. Some users are standing by the campaign to set up a filter on the site, which ‘tweets’ will have to go through before being authorised and sent out into the networking hemisphere. Here at Daily Talk, we back that idea 100% and believe that something needs to be done before more people are victimised and hurt.
Vocabulary Lesson 26
SYNONYM or DEFINITION
to jump on the bandwagon
(figurative) to join a popular cause
to enjoy greatly
(figurative) a scrap of information
flowing in, mass arrival
to abuse someone
to insult, to mistreat
(figurative) caustic, spiteful
(figurative) malicious, harmful
somebody who aspires, a would-be
(person, comment) cruel, spiteful
(person) having dignity
(person, action) cruel, unkind, lacking compassion
a taunt, mock, insult
(Computing) a piece of software that processes text (to remove something unwanted)
Exam Tips 26
Exam tip FCE for leson 26
Reading and Use of English 5: Multiple-Choice Text
Multiple-Choice Text Activity
Reading and Use of English part 5 is called Multiple-Choice Text. Here the primary emphasis is on comprehension of a text, and more specifically understanding opinion, main idea, details, tone, purpose, attitude, implication, and gist. You are given 6 multiple-choice questions (plus 1 example). Each of these 6 questions contains 4 options to test the candidate’s understanding of text structure and content, in other words a candidate’s reading ability.
The questions follow the same order as the information presented in the text. You can therefore follow the logic and structure of the text when answering the questions.
What type of questions will you be presented with? You will be tested on:
- understanding references, such as pronouns
- recognising examples and/or comparisons
- naming the tone of a text and/or of the writer’s purpose
- drawing conclusions from clues given in the text, finding a meaning inferring
- singling out specific information
- identifying general information from the text as a whole
- Try reading through the whole text before looking at the questions.
- Read each question twice so as to be fully aware of what you are looking for in the text.
- Do be careful as questions sometimes contain the same word as in a question. This does not mean that that answer is the correct one.
- Make sure that the answer is complete and does not just offer a partial response.
- To practise before your exam, read interviews, reviews, and other text types that contain opinions, and that represent a variety of attitudes and feelings.