Sam Brownback vs. the Hashtag

by evanmcmurry

Sam Brownback vs. the Hashtag

Here’s everything right and wrong about social media and political speech. The right: a teenager got the goat of a major politician, Brownback’s attempt to fight back raised the number of the teenager’s followers exponentially (a good warning to future would-be censors), and Brownback eventually had to reaffirm his commitment to free speech, thus providing a nice public testament from a right-wing congressman about the free exchange of ideas, and giving Twitter more heft in the political exchange. The bad: the tweet was “#heblowsalot.” As you were, everybody.