I have been getting most of my news from Twitter and Facebook. I can't access ordinary BBC News because I am outside of the UK. The radio speaks in repeated soundbites. The same old talking heads spout off. I found a couple of news sites, but they re-cycle the same stuff, and due to a combination of demand and internet speeds I get half a dozen words then a turning wheel. I have been struck by a few things; social media has informed me to some extent, but it has also played a huge part in gathering people together (on both sides of the fence, as it turns out, such as the clean up campaign); strongest, though, is that I have been given a small insight into how information (and misinformation) can be controlled and disseminated in certain other countries, and the role of social media.

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