Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Filibuster by Twittering? Politics 2.0

There are many great stories about the use of Twitter, including someone who was sprung from jail in Egypt based on a single tweet: arrested. Now it seems that members of the U.S. House of Representatives used Twitter to inform the public about the proceedings of a debate on an energy bill last week. Here's an excerpt from an article in Computerworld:

Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) posted to microblogging site Twitter at a little before noon Eastern time on Friday that the Democratic leadership had ordered the lights shut off and the C-Span cameras turned off as the House was adjourned. However, Culberson and many other Representatives stayed to debate the energy bill and protest the lack of a vote on the measure. Culberson has pioneered using Twitter to blog during debates and votes. He has noted that he uses Twitter to shine light on the floor of the U.S. house, which he describes as the "deepest and darkest hole in Congress."

These new tools continue to amaze me by their ability to transform the way we communicate with one another.

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