95 thoughts on “Anything Good On The 46A?

    1. the good helen

      1. A Person who, being unable to express his anger through physical violence (owning to their physical weakness, lack of bravery and/or conviction in real life), instead manifests said emotions through the text-based medium of the internet, usually in the form of aggressive writing that the Keyboard Warrior would not (for reasons previously mentioned) be able to give form to in real life.

      1. Sidewinder

        I’ve also seen it come to be a jibe used by conservatives towards people they disagree with. A silly one given that one has no way of knowing what a faceless username does outside the message board/forum/comments section. Unless they trust that person if they say they do indeed participate in activism outside the cyber arena.

        Also silly because keyboard warriors can actually make quite a difference when working on the Internet alone. Look at where Malala started, look at the Arab Spring.

        1. sickofallthisbs

          Hmmm this reads suspiciously like a keyboard warrior trying to justify their very being. I am not a “conservative” but I do think keyboard warriors are pathetic, particularly when they think they claim to have “started” a push for women’s rights in Afghanistan and the Arab Spring.

      2. SOMK

        Ah so the solution then is for people to be more violent, brave and forceful in their convictions, that way they won’t need to vent their frustrations with life online via the free expression of the political and social metaphors which they feel most ideologically aligned to.

        Glad that’s sorted.

  1. the good helen

    When my humming was smothered by the 46A
    And the scream of the low flying jets

    Now i cant get that bloody song out of my head, thanks BROADSHEET!!

  2. Bobby

    It must be said though, they provide a lot more entertainment than any of your shite articles, Conor.

    1. Johnny B

      Way-hey! In fairness though, it’s probably the most accurate assessment the pontiff has ever given.

  3. bisted

    ….Wow….Broadsheet.ie has really made the big time now….referred to on #Vinb last night …now the Pope!

  4. scottser

    i presume he’s talking about the FG shills that come on here every now and again. don’t worry popey, those lads think they’re too good for the bus.

      1. Nigel

        Good lord. I just read the comments there. Mostly they weren’t that bad, but there were more than a few that’d put anyone off.

          1. Nigel

            In which case how can anyone other than the people who wrote the unpleasant comments have a problem with Pope’s comment? #notallbroadsheetcommenters?

          2. Alfred E. Neumann

            Well, he wasn’t exactly discriminating. The continued employment of Brenda Power doesn’t allow me to say “All Irish Times writers are logic-averse fear-peddling priest-cuppers.” A comment thread on which some people are guntholes and some people aren’t is an opportunity to do something more subtle than dismiss modernity.

            And “keyboard warriors” is just unconscionable.

  5. GiGi

    The 46A is the bus I take and to be honest I have met some very unusual characters on it.

    Mr. Pope has obviously never met some of the personalities I’ve had the pleasure to observe.

    My mum rang me while I was on the 46A the other day and not being a fan of people taking phone calls on the bus I answered quickly as she texted that it was an emergency. The man sitting beside me who smelled of faeces and urine and old feet proceeded to shout “Hi Mummy”, “Hello Mummy”, “How are you today fu**ing Mummy” into my face and I had to move seats where he proceeded to follow me.

    On another evening last week, a well inebriated man asked me “where was Donnybrook Garda Station “to which I answered “four more stops”
    “Good”, he said “I’ll ring ahead and have the guards meet you there.” He also asked a Japanese passenger which part of China was she from and at what age did she start having sex in China. It was at this point that people started to move away from him and the bus was packed.

    I’m on broadsheet a good while now and I’ve yet to encounter this type of sculduggery. : )

    1. robert smith

      Wow, and I thought the 13 was bad, worst I’ve seen on that bus was some quite odd fellow have (and I kid you not) a dump upstairs & the bus jammed….the smell

  6. Mister Mister

    What happened, someone disagree on his latest review of frozen peas ?

    He’s right up there as an ‘expert’ in the same way as Charlie Weston is a financial expert.

      1. Alfred E. Neumann

        He’s reading, of course. “Oh no! The brave but anonymous posters on @broadsheet_ie are being mean to me. I did not see that coming. Bless.”

        It’s weird how journalists are obsessed with the anonymity of internet comment. There is a long tradition of pseudonymous mockery in print, including the Irish Times. It’s been democratised, and that certainly jettisons the quality control. But I don’t see that’s it’s uniquely pernicious.

        (I will confess that I lie about my middle initial.)

        1. Alfred E. Neumann

          Nice. I guess the idea is that pseudonyms allow us to be nasty without the normal social controls, but it’s a dull point. I don’t see social controls curbing Myers, Waters, Power, Symons, Prone or the dozen other outrage jockeys in the press, whereas a lot of people on here are quite decent or funny or both.

          Pope’s a decent writer, in fairness, and some of the comments on Homelessumbrellagate were very mean.

          1. Caroline

            The mind boggles at what he must think of IT commenters. Possibly the only news site where you’re in danger of having an inmates actual faeces flung in your face.

  7. What Goes Up..

    Compare and contrast:

    Bus Passenger 1: Howya! I’m a keyboard warrior – Jaysus, the bus is fierce expensive isn’t it?
    Bus Passenger 2: F*ck off you loon!

    Bus Passenger 1: Howya! I’m Conor Pope – did you know the bus is one of the cheapest forms of urban transport?
    Bus Passenger 2: F*ck off you loon!

    Keyboard warriors and Irish Times Consumer Affairs journalists – forcing people to walk, since 1995.

  8. Robyn

    He’d hate to be stuck next to a Broadsheet commenter on the bus, while I would hate to be stuck behind him in a checkout queue, as he dissects the prices of a dozen similar cans of beans.

  9. Murtles

    Presumably if he was sitting next to them on their bus their laptop might be jabbin into him or they’d just be repeatedly asking him for the wifi password and stuff. I hear ya Popey, I’d hate it too.

  10. Delacaravanio

    If he gets a bus does it automatically become a Popemobile, or is there some rules about it? Is there such a thing as a Popemobike?

  11. fmong

    I think all you lads are sound, even the FG shills.. I’d take a bullet for anyone of you b*stards.. *sniff*

  12. Janet

    A party broadsheet Christmas bus.. add booze lock the doors and see who makes it out after three circles around Dublin.. they get the tank.

    1. fluffybiscuits

      Im a firm believer we need a christmas night out …. All of us not give our nicknames of course (I’ll know clampers though cos he is the one with the cute arse) ….

  13. Ronan D

    47 comments so far.
    That’s enough “research” done now for him to write his next article / feature.
    Jaysus but them journalists make their money fierce easy.

  14. Mr. T.

    46A. Full of stiff self regarding types and people who always make sure to say 46A when mentioning taking the bus in case someone might think they were poor or something.

  15. deliverancecountry

    2 seconds on google would have found him a definition of ‘Keyboard Warrior’
    For example: “If he said that to me I’d set fire to the 46a” etc.
    Maybe he’s upset coz people keep explaining why he’s such a massive dope.

  16. Frilly Keane, Anyone?

    Well Well Well
    Would the Irish Times allow this thread to discuss another of their own. now known as He Who Cannot Be Named For Legal Reasons. and the efforts of Keyboard Warriors and the legal threats?

    Look at what could have been avoided……..

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