In the UK General Election campaign of 2015, a 17 year old learned about the UK media’s unpleasant behavior as guardian of the public domain. The 17 year old helped to start the Twitter trend called #Milfandom, to counter the negative stories about Ed Miliband. She did what many fans do for their favorite celebrities and sports stars, except this time it was for a politician. As this challenged the tabloid’s stories directly, they become interested. They quickly identified her and sought an interview.  Even though some people were surprised at how quickly the press identified her, it is not surprising. The media are trained in tools and techniques to find people on social media.
What price do we pay to be a citizen?
What this episode teaches us is that there is a…
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