Not according to the Nothing-to-See-Move-Along Crowd. (This screen-shot was taken at 11:05 a.m. Monday, July 2/12.)
Thousands and thousands of people used that hashtag all day yesterday, Canada Day, (and it is continuing today) to remind ourselves of the many, many bad things this government has done to our beloved Canada.
Some were funny, but most were not. Most were pissed off. Many had links to relevant news stories.
The sources of outrage ranged from gutting environmental protections to muzzling scientists to Harper and Co's utter disdain for democracy. Some were quite specific, others more generally disgusted.
But here's the newsworthy bit.
#DenounceHarper began trending on Twitter early in the day, and was second only to #HappyCanadaDay across the country.
This tweep just said that it was even bigger than that.
I asked for a source and got this (top and bottom of screenshot of worldwide trends):
It did get some half-assed coverage from the NatPo and somebody at CTV who couldn't be bothered to find out who started it.
While it’s unclear where the trend started, a Facebook group called #DenounceHarper: Your Stories had 320 members as of Sunday afternoon. The group stressed that it was non-partisan and encouraged participants to share their concerns about Canada’s future.(Pro-tip: I asked on Twitter and got the answer in less than five minutes. It was Brandon Laraby, with a clarification here.)
Yahoo News characterized it as 'anti-conservatives use Canada Day for on-line protest'.
But the thing is -- it wasn't just anti-conservatives. My feed, being full of leftards, was brimming with it of course, but at the hashtag itself, there were zillions of different people. NOT just the usual suspects.
In fact, the whole exercise was quite joyous. Look at the top tweet, retweeted 402 times.
OMG, #DenounceHarper is trending on Canada Day. Love my country.— Kyle Allen (@kyleallen1997) July 1, 2012
People utterly dismayed at where Harper is taking and has taken this country were finding solidarity and -- most important -- that they were faaaaar from alone.
The media saw fit to cover #TellVicEverything, which admittedly was much funnier, but while it made a lot of noise in the Canadian Tweetosphere, it did not trend. (Scroll down for the graphic. I may be wrong about trending, will correct if necessary.)
But thousands and thousands of pissed-off Canadians expressing love for their country and distress at its government is ^NOT newsworthy.
A topic trending second (and at times first) nationwide for hours and hours and hours.
Is ^NOT news.
We've already figured out that we have to be our own Opposition.
It's clear we have to be our own media too.