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Politicians and social notworking

November 24, 2009

My latest column in the Gateway addresses the folly of out-of-touch politicians who really shouldn’t be dabbling in dark arts they don’t understand — namely, social networking.

One could fill countless pages with examples of bad posts, tweets, and updates by elected reps from all parties and levels of government, but it already goes without saying that when it comes to the Internet, many are just doing it wrong. Edmonton-Calder MLA Doug Elniski of the provincial Conservatives learned that lesson the hard way when his misogynist updates shamed him into all but wiping out his web presence back in June. Even cultural minister Lindsay Blackett fired up some Internet trolls with some embarrassingly arrogant remarks posted live to Twitter during the controversial debate surrounding Bill 44.

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