Candidates and elected officials: your Facebook/Twitter pages should be open to everyone - no private accounts | Street Jazz

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Candidates and elected officials: your Facebook/Twitter pages should be open to everyone - no private accounts

Posted By on Sun, Mar 25, 2018 at 12:13 PM

Maine GOP candidate Leslie Gibson, whose sole claim on history may be that he Tweeted that a young Parkland survivor was a “lesbian skinhead” in response to her joining in on protests (and called another a “moron” and a “baldfaced liar”) tried to salvage his campaign for the state legislature by making his Twitter page private, meaning that only the folks in his intellectual treehouse could read what passed for his wisdom.

Didn’t work.

After taking heat from members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as the public, Gibson bowed out of the race.

So, I have been thinking (not always the best course of action for me personally, but I often can’t help myself) about those in public life and private Twitter or Facebook accounts. While we live in an age when some employers still think that they have the right to an employee’s social media passwords, which I don’t agree with, I do believe that all social media accounts of political candidates and elected officials should be open to the public.

Why?

Well, because in a private account one can really let one’s hair down, so to speak. The reality of a person - or as much reality as the virtual online world allows - is revealed, nobility and all, warts and all.

And in an age when folks unwisely choose to share online not only their most brilliant ideas but also their basest ones as well, the voting public has a right to see those thoughts.

It’s the old game of acting one way in public and revealing your true self around a select few. It is morally and politically abhorrent, and I would not vote for any candidate who has a private account.

More to the point, having public Twitter/Facebook pages will also show us the sort of people who support a candidate. Are they racist, sexist, or the sort who look down on others simply because they are different?

And how the candidate responds to such posts left upon their page will also reveal a great deal about them: namely, are they willing to stand up to the Neanderthalish crowd or remain silent?

An individual’s interactions on social media may reveal just as much, if not more, as tax returns, political endorsements or news articles.

Perhaps one day soon, if I can find the time, I’ll root around on the Internet and see which of our current office holders and candidates in Northwest Arkansas have such private accounts.

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Today’s Soundtrack

Listening to the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, this morning, cuz I feel good and I’ve got the world on a string.

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Now on YouTube: Ms. Jori Costello sings “My Least favorite Things”

Ladies and gentleman, presenting Ms. Jori Costello, and the perfect song for the Trump years, “My Least Favorite Things.”

Well, we taped it in the studio several years ago, but it just seems more relevant with each passing day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZGguEC7jOY

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Quote of the Day

It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. - James A. Baldwin

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