As as a note of hope, here in STL twitter has been the driving connection for organizing protests and central in disseminating true information about the illegal actions of the police. I turn to twitter when I want to see what is going on in the streets, from a multitude of tweeted out livestreams. More than a few local and national reporters do the same. It is key to the current fight for civil rights.
That said, I fear America largely does not understand the power of Twitter and its influence in shaping how we view events. History is being written in real time. The far right- infowars, breitbart, stormfront, etc., all recognize this. The ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ is real in the 21st century and it operates primarily on twitter. The ability to shift narratives with trending hashtags is the bomb I believe twitter has become, to extend your analysis a bit. The NFL protests are a great example of this, shifting from racial issues to a (more palatable for white America) disrespect of the military and flag.
Thanks for the great article, I shared it with all my friends!