It shouldn’t be news to anyone who has followed politics for the past few years that the new battleground is located in the online world. ‘Get out the vote’ organizations have focused their efforts on social networks for some time now. Virtual campaigning has already influenced elections.
Once in a while a type of ‘online revolution’ occurs, the kind of thing that begins as an innocuous idea which catches on and grows exponentially. I was fortunate to be a part of the latest wave.
A few days back while catching up on my Twitter account, a saw a tweet from Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) announcing a new hashtag for conservatives looking to strike back at leftwing censorship. ‘Twitter Gulag Defense Network’ (#TGDN) was created in response to the favorite tactic used by online progressives: ‘spam-block’ a conservative into silence.
Because Twitter deals with such large volumes of members, it automatically suspends a suspect account until it the ‘spam’ allegation is investigated. Therefore, this has become the modus operandi for progressives who will not/cannot debate their position.
In short, it is used as a weapon to stifle free speech and shut down conservatives. And there are legions of leftwing trolls whose only purpose is to silence alternative opinion.
By creating this new, vast network of conservatives, libertarians, and others who value the freedom of speech, a barrier has been formed that will help to prevent the unjust silencing of voices. Already it has been proven effective.
But what was unforeseen was how quickly the new hashtag grew. Tweets have filled the monitor by folks who have hit their limit of followers and are becoming familiar with Twitter’s rules of service. Also what is unknown is how far-reaching and powerful this new entity will become. The groundswell is immense.
Said one tweet: ‘Todd Kincannon broke Twitter’.
I’ve long held that conservatives both in Canada and the U.S. have reached our limit in watching progressivism and socialism infect our society. It was only a matter of time before the inevitable pushback happened. All we needed was a spark.
A revolution started in the online world? The overdue conservative uprising beginning with a hashtag? Stranger things have happened.