As she acknowledges, there is no right of access to an event of that kind, and as her commenters have noted, even the most connected had a vanishingly slim change. But it’s a thought provoking example of the way in which those of us who are online can make easy assumptions of universality.
More tangentially, it has helped crystallise some of my sense of ambivalence about Reboot Britain. It was an event celebrating the power – both constructive and disruptive – of the online world. I am in little doubt that it represents an important view of all our futures. But it risks leaving an over-optimistic view of everybody’s present. That’s not an absolute or necessary thing: Williams Perrin’s work on Talk about Local is just one example of how social exclusion can be challenged and redressed by digital inclusion. Pragmatically, though, the fact of that divide is something we are going to have to recognise and deal with for a good while to come.