Tonight, while watching the debates, I have my Facebook and Twitter pages open, and both are overflowing with quips, quick memes, and reactions.This new lens of political engagement is fascinating, as a generation of activists and slacktivists take to their keyboards and burn up the servers with 140 characters or less, and overstuff my newsfeed with social-political whimsy.
9:54: I came late to the game, so far, my Facebook tells me:
1. Obama is indeed not Big Bird.
2. Trump is a welfare queen (from Facebook: “WHY didn’t anyone think of calling it “corporate welfare” before????? Donald Trump, welfare queen!”)
10:12: “Big Bird” is trending on Twitter.
10:15: “Two minutes on the role of government,” says the moderator. Ok. Let’s go.
10:18: @ljoywilliams: 15 minutes left and no 47% mention??? #TWIB2012 #debate
10:19: @justinpequeno: YES LET’S TALK ABOUT EDUCATION!