Kara Swisher

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SCOTUS Decision + ObamaCare = Internet Fun (And Not So Much)

Of course, because Americans now have a wide range of tools to express themselves online, the historic and surprising Supreme Court decision that has upheld the Obama administration’s controversial health care overhaul has been a perfect medium for the escalating debate.

There is already a Tumblr created today, with all kinds of funny captions and graphics about the Affordable Care Act — which includes the requirement that most Americans have health insurance — called, “When SCOTUS Upheld Obamacare.”

It entails a lot of interactive dancing and snapping of fingers, including by President Obama.

Meanwhile, culling the reaction on Twitter, BuzzFeed assembled a compilation of tweets called: “People Who Say They’re Moving To Canada Because Of ObamaCare.”

Like so:

While some who posted seemed to be kidding, most who tweeted were soon inundated by responses that, um, pointed out that Canada funds a public health care system for all its citizens.

Instant education in political science and a good roiling Web goat rodeo is #ExactlyWhyILovetheInternet.

More, of course, to come.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik