New Zealand Twitter types stood vigil much of the day as parody account @DrBrash live tweeted his own death.
Observers described the narration as an uncanny echo of Plato’s account of Socrates’ death, with @DrBrash as both Plato and Socrates. With a bit of Ayn Rand thrown in.
Shortly afterwards, a blog post appeared at the site of one Jackson James Wood.
@DrBrash soon became New Zealand’s most popular and competent Twitter parody account. Bomber Bradbury and others charged, apparently seriously, that @DrBrash was an ACT party initiative to boost ACT’s profile by destroying them from the inside. You know, because that makes sense. While not true of @DrBrash, it was certainly true of Dr Donald Brash.
Speculation raged about whether @DrBrash was actually Dr Donald Brash. Noted satirists Steve Braunias, David Slack and Lachlan Forsyth were all accused of running the account. @DrBrash’s spokespersons will not comment on rumour and speculation.
“I cannot recall who started the @DrBrash account, set its tone, and was responsible for its success,” said Jackson Wood with a knowing wink.
“I can’t recall who ran the @DrBrash account during the 2011 New Zealand General Election,” said Josh Drummond with a sly tap on his nose.
Both Wood and Drummond agree that they will not be taking questions as to whether they had managed the account jointly since. “Let’s be honest, the whole thing was probably John Banks, and he just can’t recall doing it.” they said. “Poor bastard. It’s so sad what’s happening to his memory.”