Though I may be slightly disillusioned by politics lately, there are some things I have really enjoyed during the latest round of French Presidential elections, and most if not all of them, are related to the internet.
On the first round of voting, the hashtag #radiolondres was widely used around twitter to announce results before the official time of 20h. French TV and media were obliged to respect an embargo that prevented them from publishing any results before 8pm, but the Swiss and Belgians weren’t. People stared using #radiolondres, a reference to the time when De Gaulle was in London during WW2, to announce preliminary results in coded form, and start launching speculation. Some of the code messages were real, using rugby scores for example (Netherlands vs. Hungary), and others were completely ridiculous (the chihuahua is on the plane). Nevertheless it was hilarious to read, and also exciting to be finding out results before they had been made official. You can read articles about #radiolondres here and here.
I also fully watching the TV debate whilst following people’s comments on twitter, sometimes posting my own about quotes I found particularly funny or shocking, and general impressions about the debate. It’s great to be able to follow simultaneously what people’s reactions are to such a key moment in the elections. Finally, following many links to articles, blog posts and more about the elections, meant I was constantly aware of the latest developments, and reading people’s opinions and analysis. Continue reading