From 1977 to 1980, BBC One ran "Citizen Smith", a TV comedy about an
aspiring young revolutionary who wore a beret and a Che T-Shirt and did
his best to create a Communist Britain while heading up the Tooting
Popular Front, consisting of six members, by virtue of shouting "Power
to the People" and making up lists of the people he would put up against
the wall on the day of the glorious revolution.
This is finally Citizen Smith's time where the lazy and cowardly
aspiring revolutionary can create his own Tooting Popular Front, camp
out in a public park for a few months, and earn generous media coverage.
And for those too lazy to camp out in the spring and summer, there's
always hacktivism, the truly lazy man's revolution, download a denial of
service program, aim it at a site and watch it go down for a minute, an
hour, or perhaps even a day or two.
Social media is full of Citizen Smiths, dressing up in Che avatars and
shouting their "Power to the People" slogans in 140 characters or less.
And these Citizen Smiths are taken seriously by their older peers in the
media who have had their own days of pretending to be Che and now just
pretend to be journalists. While the Citizen Smiths create their fake
revolution, the grown-up Citizen Smiths show up to cover it, in the
great battle for a Communist Britain, America, Australia and also all