Hank Johnson

Debt debate inspires 'slow clap' for Congress

As computer programmer Chris Ashworth watched the debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling unfold this past weekend, the germ of a snarky idea entered his head: Why not ask people to make videos of themselves "slowly and sarcastically" applauding members of Congress?

"It seemed like a funny joke," said Ashworth, who posted the idea on the social networking site Twitter.

Within hours, as his comment began bouncing around the Internet, the Charles Village resident realized he was on to something. He registered a domain name — slowclapforcongress.com — and posted a video of himself, somber-faced, clapping slowly.

Soon others were posting...