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Social Media Isn’t The Problem

June 13, 2011

“The risk that I took was calculated, but man am I bad at math.”

In the wake of Weiner-Gate, as it’s been coined, Congressional and state level leadership have been relinquishing their social media accounts because of the “danger” they provide. I repeat the “dangers” they provide. Apparently the lesson that some people are taking is that social media is what needs to be avoided at all cost not questionable (but not unlawful) conduct. That’s ridiculous.

Weiner’s problems didn’t appear because of an overuse of social media, but in using a public forum to conduct private (and secret) affairs. This is not a failure of the platform, but of the user, which I say as someone who was stringently against the Congressman’s resignation.

By choosing to disengage with the public on platforms which are becoming increasingly relevant every day politicians are inditing themselves not the social network they’re abandoning. Political courage—and political action for that matter—is about more than simply saying what you believe (though that’s certainly important) it’s about being willing to broadcast those thoughts and opinions to their constituents.

(ETA: Posted after initial writing)

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