Wendy Davis's 11-hour filibuster for abortion rights in Texas ignited a fire in the hearts of all social justice–loving, blue-voting, pro-choice progressives. She and her Twitter-organized army of Capitol Building protesters in Austin spoke up, way up, often at top volume, until a vote on the clinic-shuttering measure SB5 was postponed. It was the first crowdsourced filibuster, and it earned Davis a place among the next generation of Democrat heroes. Even her shoes won die-hard fans. People think she's Connie Britton.
Thing is, Wendy Davis's day wasn't a missed connection at all, even if, continuing the metaphor, you missed the YouTube stream and tuned in the next day. But blame the TV news media for that. Not a single network picked it up. Countless Americans logged online to find it. We were all connected. Wendy Davis connected us.
Everything else in the news today:
- Sean Parker wrote a really, really long defense of his wedding. It's nearly 10,000 words. (Not cool. You know what's cool? Ten million words. Or nothing.)
- Man fails at disposing body the Walter White way.
- The Digg Reader app is out and it's great.
- The Rob Ford look-alike at the center of a plot to film a fake crack video.
- Your guide to this weekend's Pride celebration.
- 20 songs you won't believe are 20 years old.
- Kat Von D and Deadmau5 break up.
- Almie Rose's drunken Mad Men makeup tutorial.
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