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The Chappelle revolution

Dave Chappelle at Pioneer Square

Yesterday, a remarkable thing happened. The comedian Dave Chappelle came to Portland, and told (by his estimate) four people he planned to show up at the downtown Pioneer Square sometime past midnight, and give a quick performance. He figured word might spread a bit, and that maybe a couple of hundred people might show up. Early in the afternoon, he fought some sound equipment to accommodate the event.

The owner of the store where he obtained the equipment promptly logged onto Twitter, and tweeted about Chapelle's plans. Word shot around the Portland Twittersphere, and when Chappelle showed up about 1 a.m., not 200 but thousands - estimated around five to six thousand - were there to greet him. And he delivered a short show, or tried to given the technical limitations.

The remarkable thing, of course, was not Chappelle's unusual appearance (he has a history of unpredictability) but the fact that a web of individual communications - not any form of mass media - resulted in the crowd. The story of his appearance turned up everywhere from the banner lead in the Oregonian to Huffington Post.

After the fact.

You get the sense that a page is turning.

Twitter fight!

Blumenauer

Earl Blumenauer

This is bound to just confuse some people. But on Comedy Central, it was enough to get the Daily Show's Jon Stewart shaking his fist and yelling: "Blumenauer!" (And for the second time in a week, after the "Felonious Monkeys segment.)

That being, of course, the usually mild-mannered Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer, who has been tweeting on Twitter.

As have we. But now there's more: Blumenauer has gotten into a tweet-fight.

About 21 hours ago he tweeted, "McCain wasnt familiar with a blackberry right? Hows he supposed to understand a solar highway utilizing right-of-way to generate solar power."

That led to a batch of messages around Twitter including:

Twitter Fight! Rep. Blumenauer vs. Sen. McCain
In Twitter Fight, Rep. Blumenauer Slams Sen. McCain - Someone better get McCain to the Burn Unit!
Blumenauer's tweets beat up John McCain's tweets: Fight! Fight! Just go read it. My hat is off
Blumenauer's tweets beat up John McCain's tweets
CFG Blog Twitter Fight Over Pork: Senator John McCain vs. Rep. Earl Blumenauer. Let's get it on!

We may be seeing the dawn of political fights executed by the tweet.

Blumenauer happens to be a regular tweeter and if you're on Twitter, you might consider following. Some of his recent tweets:

Interesting to see the reaction to twittering. It’s helpful to follow the action, keep track and report back.
3:19 PM Feb 25th from web
Jindal is weird. I can't believe Jindal. Such a sad contrast with President. Doesn't even look or sound good, to say nothing about content
7:44 PM Feb 24th from web
Wow! As it settles in, I can only say: he hit it out of the park! Just what Congress and American people need to hear! Yes we can!
7:23 PM Feb 24th from web
New era of engagement! Not a moment too soon!
6:59 PM Feb 24th from web
Best line: "For 7 years we have been at war. No longer will we hide its price."
6:56 PM Feb 24th from web

Ran a check, by the way, to see who else among major Northwest political figures is tweeter. Conclusion: Not many, finding (via a quick search) none in Idaho and three very erratic tweeters in Washington (Senator Patty Murray, Governor Chris Gregoire, and Representative Jay Inslee, whose account is locked).

Oregon does have a couple of occasional twitterers in the congressional delegation, Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Kurt Schrader. But apart from Blumenauer, the one other really active tweeter among major Northwest political figures seems to be Portland Mayor Sam Adams, who sends a lot of tweets. (Supply your own punchline if need be.)