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Death of a Blog/Politics As Usual Thursday, 29 December 2005

Posted by R Garfield in Technology, Views On News.

I’m involved as an appointee with three local government committees. Whenever anyone starts talking about communication and public input and interaction, I start thinking about such things as Blogging, Mailing Lists, and Internet.

On the face of it, it seems a good idea. One of the things I come up against fairly often is the echo chamber effect – we on the various committees think we know what we’re doing, what we’ve identified as necessary things to do, but we usually determine this in relative isolation. It’s difficult to get public comment ‘live and in person,’ but easier to do so on the Internet.

It seems like a win-win situation. However, sometimes, as Josh Hylatt points out, what seems like winning to some of us is perceived as a threat by others…

If you are a public agency and you launch a blog which immediately achieves success with a high number of daily readers that leave scores of comments to discuss the posts and for the first time truly opens a public discussion on a topic what do you do next?

Shut down the blog of course!

He wrote this well over a month ago. I’m waaaay behind on my reading…



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