How has social media changed political discourse? Let’s flip the question around and look at past political discussions as if they were being shared through Twitter. What changes?
Here you can explore interjections documented in Hansard, the official record of Australia’s parliamentary proceedings, between 1901 and 1980. The words, speakers, and dates are real. The Twitter handles, activity stats, and times are invented.
In keeping with Twitter conventions, the interjections displayed here are less than 116 characters long – allowing room for a link to the full debate during which the interjection was uttered.
Tweets are displayed randomly, so every timeline is different. Click on a date to open an individual tweet (with a convenient permalink).