Double-hijacked: #ImVotingLiberal gets hashjacked
Australians using Twitter last night witnessed a social media phenomenon—the hijacking of a #hashtag—which we’re going to call hashjacking for now. The #ImVotingLiberal hashtag has been bandied about, in the most Liberal of ways, by @ImVotingLiberal on both Twitter and Facebook (it had been used earlier, albiet sporadically), spreading the hardline Liberal message that Lib voters aren’t going to take wasteful, leftist shit any more, thus:described, seized on #ImVotingLiberal with admittedly lame attempts at political satire, playing on Abbott gaffs and Liberal stereotypes—yes, even I had a go. A few hashjacks, however, got to the point, succinctly: @macdorober: #imvotingliberal because who else is better equipped for choosing what is right for a woman's body than a middle-aged white man?
As the hashtag maintains its momentum, what I’m delighting in is that Americans using the #ImVotingLiberal hashtag have no idea of the profound difference between the term ‘liberal’ and the party Liberal here in Australia.
Update: some Americans are cottoning on.