Friday, July 23, 2010

Don’t Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face Mr. President

“...partly because we now live in this media culture where something goes up on YouTube or a blog and everybody scrambles,” said Obama.

Hypocritical? President Obama points a finger and blames the same type of new media culture that got him elected for the firing of Shirley Sherrod. In a Huffington Post (@huffingtonpost) article, President Barak Obama told ABC News that the “real culprit” was the media.

I tend to disagree. Mr. President, there are countless blogs and books that discuss how social/new media got you elected. Now, more than ever, politicians and anyone in the public sector should know to err on the side of caution because all it takes is one tweet to blow something completely out of proportion. We live in a world of interconnected communications, a digital democracy that spans all across the globe. This new media culture is what many think is the next form of journalism, where blog posts and facebook photos are broadcast on traditional media. Reporters seek out information from tweets, because it’s in real-time, it’s where the action is. I’m suprised the AP doesn’t have a “social media sourcing” section!

My advice? Think before you speak. Think before you act. Think before you do anything at all, because all it takes is one tweet, one blog post, one youtube video and you’re news. Oh! And make sure you’re camera-ready ;)

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