Social media in government

Keith McArthur over at com.motion has a post about the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs’ use of YouTube.

It seems like a long time ago, in a land far away, that I used to work as a political staffer both in the House of Commons as well as in New Brunswick’s Legislative Assembly. That experience has led me to believe that in a variety of ways, our politicians in Canada start out with remarkably good intentions. It is only when they learn ‘the way things are done around here’ that they begin reallly screwing up. I think this is why the use of social media within a government context presents an interesting edge / opportunity.

It seems to me that the transparency and connectedness of properly utilized social media might be a welcomed addition to our political landscape, providing citizens an authentic glimpse into the challenges of those we elect while keeping our politicians more in touch over the long haul. Or, perhaps, I’m being incredibly naïve. Forever the optimist, etc. What do you think?

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