"More Americans expected to self-medicate than for any other debate in history", wrote columnist and comedian Andy Borowitz in yesterday's New Yorker. His quip came referred to the first of three American presidential debates between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and TV personality and businessman Donald J. Trump. That debate, which pundits predicted to be raucous, was nearly overstaged by a sideshow of also-live tweets.
Viewers in the Middle East could livestream the debate on Twitter. Held at 9 PM EST - that's 3 to 5 AM across the Middle East! - early morning bleariness wasn't the only distraction for MENA viewers: there was also a constant stream of uncensored Twitter comments flowing alongside the live debate.
In our region where a snarky post (or cartoon) can get you jailed or murdered, what's your take on this free-for-all of American Free Speech?