The Revolutions Will Not Be Televised: Ten Things We Learned About the Internet During the Wendy Davis Filibuster


5. Vine is beating Instagram.

With the release of Instagram video, it was easy to see how it could overtake Vine as the choice for personal online video. But, being there first, as mentioned above, has its advantages and Vine is certainly reaping the rewards. Videos poured online from people in Austin last night and the bulk of them were on Vine.


4. Connecting through social media on the ground is a big deal.

At one point when protesters inside the capital building were being arrested, a flurry of tweets with advice on how to peacefully resist and phone numbers of defense attorneys in Austin underscored the fact that sitting at home watching this unfold online can still provide opportunities to be an active, willing participant.


3. Social media moves substantially faster than traditional media.

While social media hummed along, large media outlets lumbered in their coverage or ignored it altogether. It was a demonstration of the speed limitations that plague traditional media sources that social media simply does not have. Getting cameras and live feeds in place, writing stories and getting people on the ground for coverage is a slow, laborious process that was in sharp contrast last night to the nimble quickness of social media.


2. YouTube is a beast.

During the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, news outlets in the Boston area tried valiantly to keep feeds online, but many were simply crushed under the weight of the thousands of visitors trying to access their servers. Last night, the Texas Tribune's live feed zipped along with no bugs or glitches thanks to the power of YouTube. As much fun as it is to watch cat videos and see idiots make pratfalls, the ability of YouTube to act as a source of live streaming is not widely heralded. It should be after last night when nearly 180,000 watched the feed without a single hiccup.


1. Big media failed.

The rise of the 24-hour cable news network was supposed to bring superior coverage of the day's events. But, at just before midnight with the clock ticking down on some of the most compelling political theater you will ever see, the much watched networks were covering celebrity gossip and the fight over naming bridges. One person noted that their local news in Dallas covered it briefly during the 10 p.m. broadcast, but cut over to the TMZ show at 10:30. This was a chance for a national news network to not just cover a good story, but to corner the market on coverage people so desperately wanted and they failed miserably.


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