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November 02, 2010

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Adam Green

Twitter is more material than you think. A tweet is a "thing" that you can pass around and show off. That is the essence of the retweet. You can save it by marking it as a favorite. It is media like radio and TV that turned politicians into intangible objects.

Twitter doesn't take us away from the past of political speech, it returns us to the time before radio and TV hid politicians behind the editorial hand of the media. Before mass media, politicians spoke directly to the people at rallies and debates. Twitter is the ultimate form of public outcry. Anyone can speak, and everyone can hear them. Politicians instinctively gravitate to that form of speech.

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