elaine walsh Posted over 2 years ago Is it possible that the depiction of males (stereotypical males) in electronic media is responsible for the demise of male (general)? Irish men, displayed all these traits of disconnection, a fear of intimacy and committment, indifference re achievements and maturity, lack of character etc, long before the internet and digital revolution...Socially awkward with little expected of them (based on unhappily married themselves Irish Mammies' prediliction for spoiling their sons) and the experience that Irish men fail to deliver on so many fronts meant Irish women became increasingly powerful, capable and lonely. Women became independent because they had to. Oscar winning film director Jim Sheridan and Live Aid legend Bob Geldof have said 'Drink has ruined Irish men', and 'An Irish man's greatest ambition is his next Saturday night out'. I'm a woman (of course!) and not a man hater, there are some very fine exceptions to the rule but I tacitly accept all this since I was born. To my mind then, this theory applied to men's place in the world through social media is rather convenient. There is no pressure for men to be better, or expectation to be better, or desire in men themselves to take equal place in evolution, so let's face it, why would they bother?