There’s a perverse irony about the Ontario provincial government cutting off their employees’ access to Facebook, one of Ontario’s most popular social networks, and a major communications channel to its (their?) constituents.
If the medium is, in fact, the message, what message does this send to Ontarians? Facebook is a great communications vehicle for individuals, businesses and, indeed, government.
Policy analysts can use the ‘book to test the reaction to legislation, politicians can (and have) use it to drive voter engagement while beaurocrats can catch any groundswell of opinion that may need legislation in the future.
Sure it can be frivollous and down right addictive, but hey – so are the rest of the Internet, email, IM and even the phone.
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