The #DontGo Revolution...
With the country in the midst of an energy crisis, the best discussion taking place on the issue can be found on... Twitter?
An amazing sequence of events has been happening over the last 48 hours. It began with a Republican-leaning organization calling itself the "#Don't Go Movement", whose mission is to see Congress stay in Washington, and not go on summer recess, until a solution for our energy crisis is found. Hence the moniker, "Don't go".
But once this group formed, they immediately called on Twitter supporters to include the "#dontgo" hash in all of their posts. Overnight, "#dontgo" became the top "trending topic" on the entire site - meaning more people were microblogging about #dontgo than anything else being talked about on the entire internet, including the Olympics, Paris Hilton, and the new Batman movie. Check out the ongoing Twitter stream here.
This would be quite a story in its own right, but there's more to it. Not to be outdone, Democratic-leaning hacktivists, dismayed at #dontgo's success, have begun an organized effort to pollute the Twitter stream. In other words, critics of the #DontGo Movement are now being encouraged to also include the #dontgo hash in their own posts, that way when people search Twitter, more critical posts will be displayed.
#DontGo has certainly succeeded in its goal to "utilize technology to push the frontier of what constitutes modern politics", though maybe in ways it didn't necessarily foresee. But if you're not that familiar with the potential power of Twitter in fostering online discussions, again, take a look at the #dontgo feed and start learning. Quickly.