Digital Heckling: Vox Populi

By Suzanne Woolley, with Lauren Vicary - 2012-10-23T13:52:01Z

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Big Bird

The unlikely star of the first presidential debate? Big Bird. After Governor Romney spoke of cutting federal funding for PBS, home of "Sesame Street", and implied that the likeable Big Bird would be cooked, thousands started pecking at their keyboards. On facebook, pages such as Save Big Bird, Fired Big Bird and 100,000 Against Romney Firing Big Bird were created. More than a quarter-million tweets mentioned Big Bird, and parody accounts @SadBigBird, @BigBirdRomney and @FiredBigBird sprang up.