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Caught in the Net: The European Union

After Ireland shocked Europe by voting "no" to the Lisbon Treaty referendum in June, an offended and befuddled European Commission wondered, "Why do they hate us?" According to an EU investigation leaked to London’s Telegraph newspaper, bloggers are partly to blame. Blogging, the report claims, is an "anti-establishment" activity. The EU investigation tracked sites between ...

After Ireland shocked Europe by voting "no" to the Lisbon Treaty referendum in June, an offended and befuddled European Commission wondered, "Why do they hate us?" According to an EU investigation leaked to London’s Telegraph newspaper, bloggers are partly to blame. Blogging, the report claims, is an "anti-establishment" activity. The EU investigation tracked sites between March and May of this year, carefully documenting the uptick in anti-EU messages. "A number of viral emails, videos, songs etc. were created by the No campaign which were creative, often humorous, and had a lot of ‘cut through’." Alas, says the report, the pro-Brussels campaign was overwhelmed by the Internet, a "fragmented battle ground dominated by Euro-scepticism."

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