Don’t dismiss the ‘keyboard warriors’!

The alternative media are one of the Yes movement’s great strengths. Independent news websites provide honest, factual reporting of matters the mainstream media either ignore or subject to malicious spin. Blogs provide commentary and analysis from a truly Scottish perspective as well as debunking the distortions and lies of the British media. Social media serves as powerful tool for communication within the Yes movement as well as providing the means to reach out to the wider public.

It is through social media that events are organised and publicised. It is through social media that fund-raising efforts find contributors. It is through social media that information is disseminated. Look at any of the groups and organisations that are considered major components of the Yes movement and the chances are you’ll find they started with a Facebook page.

It is the people Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp dismisses and denigrates as a “set of self-proclaimed keyboard legends” who are the muscle of the Yes movement. It is they who will power the independence campaign. They are activists every bit as much as those who canvas on doorsteps or deliver leaflets. They are as important to the Yes movement as anybody with a slick PowerPoint presentation. Gordon does himself no favours when he treats those people with such haughty contempt.


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One thought on “Don’t dismiss the ‘keyboard warriors’!

  1. It’s pure and simple snobbery. How dare people who are not professional paid journalists have blogs!

    It’s a bit like the film with Tony Hancock, where he proves that anyone can be an artist. They accept his art as brilliant until they find out he isn’t a trained artist. The art is the same but the opinion is tainted by prejudice. Despite this he proves he is still an artist.

    Hancock plays a disaffected London office clerk who gives up his office job to pursue full-time his vocation as an artist. Single-mindedly, and with an enthusiasm far exceeding any artistic talent, he sets to work on his supposed masterpiece Aphrodite at the Waterhole, moving to Paris where he expects his genius will be appreciated. While his ideas and persona gain acceptance (indeed plaudits) among the “beat” set, legitimate art critics, like Sir Charles Broward (George Sanders), scoff at his work. He manages to achieve success, however, when the work of his former roommate, a genuinely talented painter, becomes confused with his own. The confusion is eventually resolved after a series of art exhibitions, and he returns to London, where he pursues his ‘art’ in defiance of whatever others may think of it.

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