Grievance Chimp

14 Nov

Random Public Journal

By Jason Michael

In the months and weeks leading up to the 2014 independence
referendum, while we still kinda thought unionist campaigners on social media
were real human beings and not British government funded bot accounts, those of
us working for a Yes vote were under massive pressure to keep the campaign ‘positive.’
Yes Scotland was a positive campaign making the case for independence. Under
close and unfair scrutiny from the unionist press – the only press we had at
the time, we self-regulated; calling out independence supporters for being
abusive, using bad language, and for generally living up to the
media-constructed type of the ‘vile cyber-nat.’ On the whole, the 2014 Scottish
independence referendum was an exhilarating and good-natured political
campaign. That so many still try so hard to relive it half a decade later is
testimony to just how much we enjoyed it. But it bothers me…

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