The hashtag wars of politics, and how the internet is reacting to the idea of an independent Scotland.
By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer)
I tend to be a fairly regular visitor to Twitter. And one thing I've been noticing the last weeks have been lots of talk about the vote in Scotland today. In case you were unaware, Scotland is voting today on whether they want to become an independent nation, or whether they will remain part of the United Kingdom. The hashtags #YesScotland and #BetterTogether having been popping up all over. Even Doctor Who weighed in! The polls show a dead heat, and a lot can change regardless of the outcome.
Since I've never been to Scotland and have only a passing knowledge of British politics, I am completely unqualified to tell anyone how to vote. But there is one thing that's been fascinating about this campaign that I'd love to discuss: viral videos. Here are a few of my faves, all about the #IndyRef.
John Oliver breaks it down on Last Week Tonight
First off, if you aren't watching Last Week Tonight, get on that. Second, if you have no idea what I've been talking about for the previous paragraphs, this will break it down for you. Like he says, both sides have good points; and both sides of dubious marketing. It will be interesting to see what happens.
Katie O'Connor does the dance of the unicorn
Katie O'Connor is hilarious. She's also a pal of mine from college, so I'm biased. But I do love her mixture of facts and silliness to let you know what they heck is going on and her opinion of the matter.
Groundskeeper Willie on Scottish Independence
Once The Simpsons chime in, drop the mic and back away. Nothing more to say.
RACHEL JAMES is a native New Yorker and theatre baby. Her plays have been produced by The 52nd Street Project and Starfish Theatreworks. She currently makes a living as a Broadway treasurer.
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