I've been working with the the Social Media Club of Evansville to get the word out about a new mayoral discussion event. On October 24th, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Ridgway University Center in Eykamp Hall, mayoral candidates Rick Davis and Lloyd Winnecke will be discussing transparency and accountability within the Evansville Mayoral Office. The focus will be on how social media and other new media tools can help open the doors to our local government and increase it's effectiveness.
The event will be open to the public and I would encourage everyone to attend. It's a unique opportunity to hear what our candidates have to say about accountability within an information age. I am personally interested in how they intend to keep it a 2-way street and encourage feedback through tools like Facebook, Twitter, and others. I don't think that the election process ends at the polls, it continues through the elected officials term and can be shaped and molded through social media. Accountability in office can only be attained by keeping the doors open and social media gives us that ability.
Evansville Mayoral Discussion Event - Register Now, it's FREE.
Social Media Risks and Challenges
Proposition 8 was overturned on Wednesday, which has sparked debate all over the US, including here in Evansville. There are currently over 470 comments on the article from the Courier Press website, each person chiming in with their own interpretation of the law. After a quick glance at the comments it becomes obvious that, at least those who want to leave comments, are in support of the overturn.
I wasn't interested in debating the merits of Proposition 8 or the moral implications or lack thereof that might surface. However, I do find it interesting to see how the Evansville community discusses such important and potentially life changing news.
Let's say a viewer only looks at the comments found on the Courier Press article, the following would be revealed. If you support Proposition 8, then you are a right wing moral army nut job, however if you are for the overturn then you are a leftist, liberal, supporting the moral decay of the US. So where is the gray area? Is it possible the city of Evansville can be split directly down the middle using these two assumptions? I think not.
Readers of any online news/opinion site need to keep in mind that the most out spoken people on comment posts and forums are not always the majority of a community. These are just the people who feel their opinions are important enough to discuss upon their soap boxes. Again, this is true no matter which side of the argument or political landscape you may be on.