Some tweets upon the death of Andrew Breitbart, conservative digital-media pugilist

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Twitter this morning has had a bit of a clarifying effect on the event of the death of Andrew Breitbart.

 The grandfather of blogging and viral story dissemination for conservative causes, and in recent years among the right wing's most pugilistic Twitter devotees, Breitbart died at the age of 43, according to his websites, of "natural causes," though the Twitter media and politics collective has also begun a campaign to root out the cause of death. (Reports keep changing, and we'll have more on Breitbart later ourselves.)

Unsurprisingly, in his digital life as on the matter of his death, there is a fair amount of mudslinging. There are also tears and defenses from his friends, and that convention of speaking well of the dead (most pointedly among some of his adversaries). Whether that is a fitting tribute to a man who himself mocked that kind of thing (in this he was similar to Christopher Hitchens) has itself become something of a meme on Twitter already, scarcely an hour after the initial reports of his death. That, too, is Twitter at work: Reflecting on itself, and refracting like the streaks of colored lightning in one of those glass globes you get at magic stores.

Herewith, a small sampling, which we'll probably add to:

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