Social Media is punk rock, you sh*t-head!

by Lee Hopkins on June 17, 2009 · 16 comments

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That Glaswegian Melbournite and angry middle-aged PR practitioner Gerry McCusker has co-created a superb video on the similarities and differences between social media and punk rock.

For your humble aging rock star whose words you are currently reading, Gerry is absolutely spot on.

Like Gerry, I presented at the recent #iabc09 conference in San Fran (“man”), and I can certainly concur that punk rock and my presentation met in a holocaust of violence:

  • I had several people spit on me
  • One kicked me in the shins, then threw up on me
  • The majority of the audience (all seven of them) swore at me afterwards.

But, in the tradition of all good punk rockers, I had my revenge: on the flight back from LAX to SYD (on a A380 no less!) I had the pleasure of spitting on an infant that exercised its lungs rather vociferously for many hours on end.

To add delight to piquancy, I then flicked the ears of two separate toddlers on the SYD-ADL leg who belted out their frustrations at a volume level that even Barnesy at the height of his powers would have been proud of.

At the risk of causing a torrent of abusive comment and email, I wonder why airlines allow toddlers and infants to fly, seeing as how the vast majority of them suffer excruciating pain in their ears as a result of the changing air pressure. I honestly do feel sorry for the poor little rug rats. The fact that their screaming also causes excruciating pain on all surrounding passengers is inconsequential; it is massively cruel that parents inflict the cause of the pain on their offspring.

Perhaps there is another one of those senseless and futile Facebook groups in the offing…

And, like Gerry, I wish I could shake this damn jet lag!


  • http://www.henrietteweber.com/ Henriette Weber

    hi Lee, I wrote an ebok a while back on “why every company should be a rockband”. I think that the musical movements of any kinds (punk rock included) resemples the area of social media very well these days. It’s not like this is rocketscience, but people can really relate to what i call “rockbandism” because it makes perfect sense to them to apply it in a business context – oh and it’s soo much fun =)

    Henriette Weber’s last blog post..My process of writing my first book

  • http://outtathegate.wordpress.com/ Linda (outtathegate) Johannes

    …I’d pay extra for flying a child-free airline (14 hours of 3 siblings passing the crying baton in a wailing marathon sent me over the edge on my last trip). Come to think of it, I may even pay more for a perfume-free one too! – ahhh the joys of travel. It’s good to be home – no babies, no perfume, no seat reclined in my face, no swine flu germs and thankfully the cankle swelling has dissipated!

    Linda (outtathegate) Johannesson’s last blog post..Lasting Impressions – IABC World Conference 2009

  • http://outtathegate.wordpress.com/ Linda (outtathegate) Johannes

    …I’d pay extra for flying a child-free airline (14 hours of 3 siblings passing the crying baton in a wailing marathon sent me over the edge on my last trip). Come to think of it, I may even pay more for a perfume-free one too! – ahhh the joys of travel. It’s good to be home – no babies, no perfume, no seat reclined in my face, no swine flu germs and thankfully the cankle swelling has dissipated!

    Linda (outtathegate) Johannesson’s last blog post..Lasting Impressions – IABC World Conference 2009

  • http://www.henrietteweber.com Henriette Weber

    hi Lee, I wrote an ebok a while back on “why every company should be a rockband”. I think that the musical movements of any kinds (punk rock included) resemples the area of social media very well these days. It’s not like this is rocketscience, but people can really relate to what i call “rockbandism” because it makes perfect sense to them to apply it in a business context – oh and it’s soo much fun =)

    Henriette Weber’s last blog post..My process of writing my first book

  • http://outtathegate.wordpress.com/ Linda (outtathegate) Johannesson

    …I’d pay extra for flying a child-free airline (14 hours of 3 siblings passing the crying baton in a wailing marathon sent me over the edge on my last trip). Come to think of it, I may even pay more for a perfume-free one too! – ahhh the joys of travel. It’s good to be home – no babies, no perfume, no seat reclined in my face, no swine flu germs and thankfully the cankle swelling has dissipated!

    Linda (outtathegate) Johannesson’s last blog post..Lasting Impressions – IABC World Conference 2009

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee Hopkins

    Ah Hen, I had completely forgot about your ebook, even though I had downloaded it and thought it brilliant — send me that url again and I’ll blog it!

    Linda – not even paying for business class airfare is a guarantee of peace and quiet… I remember once flying business fm London to Adelaide and had a young family, complete with hyper-active, curious small boy and lung-developing infant, join me for the Heathrow – Singapore leg [sigh].

    I still maintain that it is parental cruelty to inflict air travel on their young.

    Lee Hopkins’s last blog post..Social Media is punk rock, you sh*t-head!

  • http://leehopkins.net Lee Hopkins

    Ah Hen, I had completely forgot about your ebook, even though I had downloaded it and thought it brilliant — send me that url again and I’ll blog it!

    Linda – not even paying for business class airfare is a guarantee of peace and quiet… I remember once flying business fm London to Adelaide and had a young family, complete with hyper-active, curious small boy and lung-developing infant, join me for the Heathrow – Singapore leg [sigh].

    I still maintain that it is parental cruelty to inflict air travel on their young.

    Lee Hopkins’s last blog post..Social Media is punk rock, you sh*t-head!

  • http://www.prdisasters.com/ Gerry

    Ta for link Lee; why dont airlines have an inflight version of a ‘crying chapel’:) G

  • http://www.prdisasters.com Gerry

    Ta for link Lee; why dont airlines have an inflight version of a ‘crying chapel’:) G

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee Hopkins

    I can confirm, Gerry, that after no sleep for goodness knows how long I was ready to vigorously introduce the faces of those three separate children/infants to a wailing wall…

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee Hopkins

    I can confirm, Gerry, that after no sleep for goodness knows how long I was ready to vigorously introduce the faces of those three separate children/infants to a wailing wall…

  • http://leehopkins.net Lee Hopkins

    I can confirm, Gerry, that after no sleep for goodness knows how long I was ready to vigorously introduce the faces of those three separate children/infants to a wailing wall…

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  • http://www.icostantini.it/ Ste73

    1st of all i introduce myself: Stefano from Italy (so pls forgive me 4 my english) reading your blog from a while.I’m really disappointed reading about children free’s flyght.
    Problem are not children, but parents. You could say that you know but dont care cause result is the same but it’s not! We recently had a fly from Milano to Mauritius (11 hours) with our 3 years old little man and he was really better then:

    - tree old man in front of us talking all the flight about the 2nd world war at a very high volume cause they did not understand one to each other
    - a woman behind me that pushed her legs on my seat 8 hours on 11 just cause she said seats was unconfortable …
    - a man on the seat behind my child that probably did not wash himself for long long time and was smelling like a pork
    - a couple of 50′s friends laughing like crazy during all the trip

    so, i would like to pay for a travel where passengers are checked for:
    - smell and personal care
    - “voice volume”
    - size (if they are taller then the seat allow they cannot fly)

    and please, i want all passengers to be in healt, blonde … i say … “arian” (in Italy it’s “ariano”, i hope u understand

    please …

  • http://www.icostantini.it/ Ste73

    1st of all i introduce myself: Stefano from Italy (so pls forgive me 4 my english) reading your blog from a while.I’m really disappointed reading about children free’s flyght.
    Problem are not children, but parents. You could say that you know but dont care cause result is the same but it’s not! We recently had a fly from Milano to Mauritius (11 hours) with our 3 years old little man and he was really better then:

    - tree old man in front of us talking all the flight about the 2nd world war at a very high volume cause they did not understand one to each other
    - a woman behind me that pushed her legs on my seat 8 hours on 11 just cause she said seats was unconfortable …
    - a man on the seat behind my child that probably did not wash himself for long long time and was smelling like a pork
    - a couple of 50′s friends laughing like crazy during all the trip

    so, i would like to pay for a travel where passengers are checked for:
    - smell and personal care
    - “voice volume”
    - size (if they are taller then the seat allow they cannot fly)

    and please, i want all passengers to be in healt, blonde … i say … “arian” (in Italy it’s “ariano”, i hope u understand

    please …

  • http://www.icostantini.it Ste73

    1st of all i introduce myself: Stefano from Italy (so pls forgive me 4 my english) reading your blog from a while.I’m really disappointed reading about children free’s flyght.
    Problem are not children, but parents. You could say that you know but dont care cause result is the same but it’s not! We recently had a fly from Milano to Mauritius (11 hours) with our 3 years old little man and he was really better then:

    - tree old man in front of us talking all the flight about the 2nd world war at a very high volume cause they did not understand one to each other
    - a woman behind me that pushed her legs on my seat 8 hours on 11 just cause she said seats was unconfortable …
    - a man on the seat behind my child that probably did not wash himself for long long time and was smelling like a pork
    - a couple of 50′s friends laughing like crazy during all the trip

    so, i would like to pay for a travel where passengers are checked for:
    - smell and personal care
    - “voice volume”
    - size (if they are taller then the seat allow they cannot fly)

    and please, i want all passengers to be in healt, blonde … i say … “arian” (in Italy it’s “ariano”, i hope u understand

    please …

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