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December 15, 2017 at 12:20 PM #741586
Ken GrayKeymasterDecember 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM #741589
Ron BennDecember 16, 2017 at 3:10 PM #741608December 17, 2017 at 5:18 PM #741677
I’m leaning towards requiring politicians to maintain two Twitter accounts if they use it at all.
One would be for official purposes, i.e. when you are speaking in the role of the office you hold, and the second would be personal where you can say whatever you like. A perfect example of the need for the separation is the recent Cullen/Taylor/Watson spat on Twitter where they acted like kids in a schoolyard with Taylor & Watson using their “public persona” Twitter accounts. Their comments certainly didn’t do much to contribute to the public perception of them or the offices they hold.
What they and many other political figures seem to be missing is that they are transitory but the office they occupy continues on and should be seen with a certain amount of gravitas and respect. Will even the best President of the future be able to lift that office up to its previous standing after Donald Trump is finished with it?
I also question the usefulness of most Twitter emissions from politicians. How well is their time occupied when they’re tweeting out every detail of their day, no matter how mundane? I see them at public events and, instead of being present there, their noses are buried in their phones writing, reading and responding to inane messages. I’d love to see a politician publish all their tweets, emails, instagram messages and other similar communications over the period of a month. How much of it would be drivel and how much would have any substantive value? How would it compare to the epistles written by politicians of an earlier day?December 17, 2017 at 5:19 PM #741687
Ken GrayKeymasterDecember 18, 2017 at 10:01 AM #741713
Great moves forward are accompanied by great strides backwards, perhaps tweeting is one of the backwards steps in communications.
If the media really is the message, then oft tweeting has very little to say.
It is not tweets that honour men, but men that should honour the time wasted while tweeting .
I would have tweeted my words but I don’t yet own a cellphone.