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#CancelColbert and the power of Twitter

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Yesterday on the program, we talked about the controversy brewing over a tweet from "The Colbert Report," which many perceived as racist.

That tweet launched a series of tweets with the phrase #CancelColbert. It doesn't look like Comedy Central will be axing its popular late night show any time soon, but the #CancelColbert campaign has gained a lot of momentum and provoked a very testy debate nationwide.

RELATED: #CancelColbert: Suey Park, the activist behind the hashtag

This lead us to wonder about the power of Twitter. It's a subject our next guest has spent a lot of time thinking about. Marcia Stepanek teaches social media strategy at New York University and is the author of the forthcoming book, "Swarm: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment."

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