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Brothers-in-Tweets [Updated]

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 17 2009


Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), who previously gained attention for tweeting the details of a sensitive trip to Iraq, connects the use of Twitter in and around Iran's post-election resistance to last year's #dontgo protests, which erupted after Republicans refused to leave the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives when debate over energy legislation was denied.

Update: Some almost inarguably funny (despite the context) faux "retweets" from Hoekstra are popping up on Twitter, like this and this.

Update II: Well, that didn't take long. Hoekstra's tweet has evolved into full-fledged meme in a handful of hours. Check out the Twitter search results for @petehoekstra. And then there's the Pete Hoekstra is a Meme, complete with LOLcats-inspired photo art.

Now, it could be argued that, in his tweet, Hoekstra was actually exhibiting a more grounded understanding of the mechanics of Twitter in political organizing -- and its potential to spread information, create a rallying point, and merge idea and action -- than a great many other politicians possess. But that's going to do little to stop the rain of mockery falling upon him tonight.