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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2219 (Published 06 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2219
  1. Tony Delamothe, deputy editor
  1. tdelamothe{at}bmj.com

The popular uprisings in north Africa and the Middle East could never have happened as they did without the new social media. Yet, for the creators of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Google these were outcomes that they could never have envisaged.

It’s fanciful to imagine that the current NHS reforms could provoke a similar uprising in England, rather than just a drubbing of the government via the ballot box. Nevertheless, it’s intriguing to watch the new social media take on the Health and Social Care Bill.

A few weeks ago Martin McKee and friends described how Twitter was providing immediate scrutiny of the bill and giving a voice to those who usually go unheard (BMJ 2011;342:d948). Since then, the Andrew Lansley Rap has gone viral thanks to …

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