It is being reported widely here in Brazil that turnout for this past weekend’s pro-impeachment demonstrations was markedly lower — by 200% or more ￼in the most visible of urban congregations — than that of the March impeachment rallies, themselves inflated by fancy camera angles from news photographers.
Some 500 marchers turned out to call for the downfall of the Rousas much asseff government in Salvador, Bahia, for example — an electoral redoubt of the Workers Party since the defeat of Carlismo — a sort of regional Brazilian version of Mexico’s PRI — in recent elections.
The Radar column of Veja magazine suggests that this lack of activism be weighed against what is treated as a significant volume of supporting «clicktivist» chatter on «the social networks» …
But beware the clicktivist fallacy: the notion that computer and network users represent a segment of the population proportional to support for a given proposition.
Factor in the digital divide, in other words.
For example, if 52% of the population uses the Internet, including mobile Internet — 103 million Brazilians — and 48% does not, how representative are half a million Internauts discussing impeachment for good or ill?
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