The Americans are at the polls.
The day after a new national poll on Brexit
was released showing a (possible) reversal of sentiment on the debacle-of-a-national-referendum that saw the UK opt to leave the EU, Americans are also going to the polls, many of them hoping for their own reversal of ill fortune.
Last time around, the rage was all of Russians stealing the elections, and Zuckerberg selling us up the creek. That is not "not a problem" this time around. There is a lot of nervousness around the voting machines being used across the country, and recent stories in Vice
and the BBC
have showcased just how porous Facebook's 'authenticity in advertising' efforts really are (read: worthless). In this election, as in past elections, we are all just as manipulable as we have ever been.
This time around, though (at the very least) we're paying a little more attention to the shenanigans. In the lead-ups to this trip round the polls, Twitter and Facebook have deleted thousands of fake accounts attempting to influence peoples' actions and opinions. Twitter removed more than 10,000
accounts that were discouraging people from voting, and Facebook's 115 reported
(sourced in Iran originally, apparently) had racked up over a million likes between them, which is a lot of reach.
And that's just what got to the reporters - who knows what's happening behind the closed doors.
There is at least some healthy messaging (j'espere) in here somewhere. If democracy wasn't such an important and valuable thing to be doing we wouldn't have nearly the same number of people trying to stop us from it - so yay us to some extent I suppose.
Good luck to America in dodging and sustaining all this mess as they head to the vote. There's enough horror and malady in the rhetoric spewing around from the actual politicians there as it is - no one needs to add the despair that can come from a rigged system to it.
Yours in HAT,