Friday, April 04, 2008

Ho Ho Ho Frenchy (again)

The government are going to try to use social networking sites to engage with the public.

I hope it works. I hope it isn't another Lt Hauk moment.

Personally, I'd say that this is something that government shouldn't do - and shouldn't be seen to be doing. It's the role of civil society to create a civil conversation that government can eavesdrop upon.

3 comments:

Shane McCracken said...

One of the most important tasks the force has is to free govt to engage as opposed to Lt Hauk show them how.

I think it's worth giving them a chance on this one.

Ian_QT said...

Eh? This sounds almost fascistic to me.

Paulie said...

It's only fascistic if the eavesdroping is surreptitious, but maybe 'eavesdrop' is the wrong word, though I like it.

I'm saying that civil conversations that ostensibly include the government tend to turn into pressure-group circuses.

A good quality public debate makes for better government - that's all I'm saying.