Winston Churchill already did it — Define democracy, that is, in less than 140 characters:
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
But Twitter wasn't around when the great man was alive.
Today, the State Department says, it's launching a Twitter contest to "tweet what you think democracy is in 140 characters or less." The person who gets the most "unique re-tweets" will receive a Flip Video HD Camcorder. The counting starts at 5:30 p.m. ET and ends on Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Here's what to do:
— Go to Twitter.
— Become a follower of @demvidchallenge.
— Mark your tweets with #democracyis.
(H/T to NPR's Kevin Whitelaw.)