Friday 22 September 2017

Thumbs up, thumbs down - democracy is now a virtual game

Flag parades are antiquated and Luddite yet still survive in our stateless, online age

'So perhaps social media represents the ultimate instant democracy: thumbs up, or thumbs down?' (stock photo)
'So perhaps social media represents the ultimate instant democracy: thumbs up, or thumbs down?' (stock photo)

Nicky Larkin

A teenager in an orange sash took a selfie as she marched up the Lisburn Road. The Flag Parade was flanked by armed police, monitored from the sky by helicopters, and filmed on phones from a hundred different angles.

Tweeted, then retweeted. Liked and shared.

A curious coalition; the merging of our new digital, stateless, online identities - with the antiquated, Luddite concept of identity involving flags and patriotism.

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