You can't beat word of mouth

There is an urban myth developing that the 18 June Carnival Against Capitalism in the City of London was organised via the Internet. It is sad to see Brian Doherty repeating the myth in the NS (Network Society supplement, 1 November).

I have no doubt that the CAC was brought to the attention of many via the Internet. But any organiser of protests and demos can tell you that just because people know about a demo does not make them turn up for it. For that you require flyposting, stickers and word-of-mouth discussions in pubs, meetings and clubs. In other words, the traditional methods that any old Labour readers of the NS will know all about.

Keith Flett
London N17

This article first appeared in the 08 November 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Essay - To uplift the souls of the people