Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fun with social media time

Thought about doing this for a while, and Brett Mecum served one up today, making this a good time to begin this.  Posting in this series will be infrequent at first, but posting frequency should pick up as 2014 draws nearer...

Modern elected officials have (for the most part) embraced social media.

Some, like President Obama, are skillful users of this modern mode of mass communication; others, like former Congressman Anthony Weiner, aren't.

This series will focus on Arizona-based politicos.  While I would love to tell you that this is going to be all about "educating" and "informing" and other high-minded activities, that would be a lie.

This is going to be about mocking.

To be fair, it's not about mocking policy idea tweets and FB updates and the like; in that case, that would be all I could ever write about here.  However, I do reserve the right to mock when I think the *presentation* of those ideas is...ummm..."less than ideal".

For example, expect to see a *lot* of Sen. Al "Atomic Al" Melvin's tweets in future editions.  His 140 character "pearls of wisdom" tend to be mindless spewings of Fox News talking points.

To whit:

As the 2014 campaign season heats up, some of the back-and-forth tiffs between opposing candidates will be featured.

To whit:

Occasionally, somebody will post something that just sounds bad, such as this update from last August from State Rep. Brenda Barton (R-LD6) that hints at a "pay for play" mentality -

Most of the time, however, these posts will focus on something worthy of snark, maybe something loaded with irony.

To whit, this week's Tweet of the Week:

When I read this one earlier today, all I could think was "Brett "Speed Demon" Mecum and Tom "Hit and Run" Horne on a road trip?  Together?  Holiday travelers, look out!"

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