Well, theyâ€™ve done it.
The fastest growing Facebook group ever has reached its goal of 1,000,000 members in nine days. I must admit, I joined this group relatively shortly after its creation, coming in at number 22,436. I never would have thought that in just over a week, one million Gen Yâ€™ers would be able to assemble for any cause, let alone in support of a presidential candidate, and apparently neither did anyone else.
This leads me to wonder, though. If a cable television host can rally the support of such a massive number of Facebook users to vote for him in such a brief period of time with no campaign marketing budget and no door-to-door canvassing, why are 40% of this one million not yet registered to vote?. Are we to believe that Gen Y has come to its senses that suffrage is the â€œreasonâ€ why US troops are in Iraq? Does this signify a sudden surge in interest in the 2008 election? Is this Facebook group indicative of next yearâ€™s â€œGet Out The Voteâ€ campaign figures?
Probably not. Diddyâ€™s Vote or Die campaign turned out to be all sizzle and no steak, and Colbertâ€™s presidential aspirations will likely fizzle out by election time. As is evidenced by another Facebook group, â€œI watch Comedy Central for my news and Fox News for my Comedyâ€, this politically inactive and seemingly apathetic demographic is just going through the motions of showing their support for a candidate, but then again, no one believed that Colbert could muster this massive outpouring of support in a week.