The White House is asking people to support their call for greater government power via a massive anti-gun twitterbomb.
The White House is using a third-party system called “Thunderclap“. Thunderclap is a system by which people log in with a Twitter or FB account, then decide to share a message, and the system holds their message until a threshold is met.
When the threshold is met, all of their messages are sent at once, creating a “thunderclap” twitterbomb that dominates discussion by effectively generating an artificial viral meme. It’s very collectivist, and quite sinister to see the White House orchestrating and agitating for greater government power by becoming the puppeteers of an engineered outcry.
With the “now is the time” demands, the White House site is somewhat ominous:
And there’s this, showing their expected “social reach” and the extent to which the White House intends to project its online propagandist neo-“Four-Minute Men“:
From the Thunderclap site:
Here is the link to the whitehouse.gov page about it. When they get to a social-reach of ~24 million people, they will post the following statement through the Facebook and Twitter accounts of everyone who signed up:
“I support common-sense steps to reduce gun violence. #NowIsTheTime to act. Share this if you agree:”
I think we should come up with our own hashtag and message and set up a similar system. What do you think?
EDIT: Having a webpage where people can sign up to be part of a Twitter/Facebook bomb like the one at whitehouse.gov would be really nice. Any suggestions?
UPDATE: /u/Gunrightprotector has created www.nowisthetime.co and is waiting for approval of a Thunderclap-based Twitter-bomb. I have contacted the NRA-ILA, the Second Amendment Foundation, and Gun Owners of America, so hopefully I will hear back from them soon.
#NowIsTheTime for Americans to tell Congress what they really think about “common sense” civilian disarmament.
There are a few others who resist.