Hang on to your Santana Boots, Sisters, because a deluge of horse manure (and maybe some gems) are coming your way about the live-streaming of the Texas State Legislature’s adventures in filibustering with Senator Wendy Davis. Using the #istandwithwendy hashtag on Twitter and on Facebook (which added hashtags less than a week ago?), users from all over spread the sound of the Filibuster Heard Round The World, and they tweeted out a link to its live-stream. Reports of over 150,000 people worldwide were watching the stream after midnight DST on the East Coast of the US.
Not one traditional news outlet even mentioned the white hot activity. It would have been quite easy to notice as a trend, seeing there was just one hashtag to unite it all. They didn’t want to send your attention away from their news network and onto youtube. That’s the only reason I can imagine: Money.
Lots will be said, speculated, gotten wrong, and manipulated about this story. But know this: We were there. We saw. We remember. It was as simple as watching a live stream. When my Internet blipped at 1:00 a.m., I simply picked up my iPhone and kept watching.
This is revolution. This is bigger than us. This is a wave we cannot control. A comet careening toward the sun. Put on your seatbelts, y’all. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.