a long and gif-heavy Twitter thread from @hazel_ok
Good postmortem review on how the abortion referendum evaded Trumpian “fake news” tactics.
Irish voters were subjected to the same polarising tactics that have worked so well elsewhere: shamelessly fake “facts” (the claim, for example, that abortion was to be legalised up to six months into pregnancy); the contemptuous dismissal of expertise (the leading obstetrician Peter Boylan was told in a TV debate to “go back to school”); deliberately shocking visual imagery (posters of aborted foetuses outside maternity hospitals); and a discourse of liberal elites versus the real people. But Irish democracy had an immune system that proved highly effective in resisting this virus. Its success suggests a democratic playbook with at least four good rules.
One day it hit her when she heard her Chinese chef using his call to let her know an order was done: “Hao-ra” (??), meaning “it’s ready.” She decided to start calling it Ra-men, and the name quickly took off.