If you are wondering what competitive politics looks like in the digital age, here’s Fianna Fáil’s riposte to Sinn Féin’s rather misleading edit of Colum Eastwood’s speech at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis at the weekend:
Wow, some really subtle editing work here from SF’s Internet Research Agency. They’ve edited @columeastwood speech to change its meaning & make a political charge. What sort of political genius is this?
As we try to get our heads around it, new Mary Lou footage has emerged… pic.twitter.com/9XwHGxGlVX
— Fianna Fáil (@fiannafailparty) February 28, 2019
Whilst the Sinn Féin tweet is rapidly disappearing (given its inaccuracy, it’s not something you want to hang around), Fianna Fáil has pinned theirs to the top of their page. The Internet Research Agency is of course a reference to the so-called Russian Troll Factory.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty