One would think that the easiest way to convince someone to vote would be to ask him to just spend twenty minutes reading a newspaper or — I don’t know — maybe watching CNN? But failing that, I guess that some strange hashtag campaign will work? It certainly hasn’t been attempted before, to my knowledge. Perhaps what Paul Hewlett has been waiting for, all his life, is for random people on Twitter to encourage him to participate in our democracy. “I totally get it now,” he will say, adding, “Thanks, hashtag.”
And really, big thanks to CNN for ensuring that “the messages get to him.” How else would people communicate on Twitter, without a major media corporation serving as an intermediary?