Stay-loading a motion: The sit in displays how engineering has created National politics more clear

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A photo shot and tweeted from the floor by U.S. House Rep. Rep. John Yarmuth shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Courtney (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor "to demand action on common sense gun legislation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/ U.S. Rep.John Yarmuth/Handout - RTX2HMQ5

Live-streaming a movement: The Democratic sit-in shows how technology has made American politics more transparent

In the previous times, something was meant by control of a camera or mic feed. No matter whether the revolution tweeted or is televised, it can be live-streamed.

On Wednesday, House Democrats inhabited the floor, refusing to leave unless they guaranteed a vote on No Fly, No Purchase, the provision that would prevent gun sales to people on the no fly list.

Although contrasts are breathless, basically, it’s an exercise in the strategies shown before. The cover picture on Lewis’ Facebook page features a historical opportunity of the 1963 March on Washington. But look down and see a picture of the profession, a smartphone photo of him sitting in the well of the House, flanked by his normally-austere co-workers, relaxed and casual.

The technology of the protest, nevertheless, is of the current and in the control of countless Americans. The GOP-controlled chamber, having shut the cameras off, pushed the protesters to turn with their mobiles. Technically, the chamber establishes its own rules, preferring to enable C-SPAN to air from the ground when the House is in session.

But Daley didn’t need to compete with Facebook or Periscope. C-SPAN remained for the sit in, streaming video feed social media. The stream wasn’t perfect, suffering from a smartphone fell now and then and fading out at times, but it approximated the official camera of the Home.

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