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Palin Doesn’t Understand Social Media

03.03.10

Facebook, Inc.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin claims that she never had – nor currently has – any opportunity to further explain her comments on the Family Guy-Down’s Syndrome controversy.  She even uses her time on Jay Leno’s return to The Tonight Show to reiterate her lack of ability to further explain:

“But a special-needs family asking me what I thought about the episode. I commented and then that gets out there in the blogosphere, it gets out there in the different forms of the mediums that we have today. And then it’s left there, not an opportunity for me to follow up and kind of elaborate on what I really meant and what I really thought of the thing.”

Before Mr. Leno went to a commercial break, Ms. Palin said that a fuller opportunity to discuss the incident would have led to a “much healthier dialogue.” After the commercial, she did not expand on her remarks.

If you believe her claims then it means Palin needs to learn a thing or two about the blogosphere and social media.

I don’t believe her.

The beauty (and ugliness) of social media is that it is constant conversation.  Just stop by Palin’s own Facebook page and read the thousands of comments on her notes where vitriolic fans engage in all kinds of continuing discussion on whatever she happens to write and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  People comment not only on the article itself but are responding to previous comments, whose authors get notified and then can choose to respond or not.  Judging by the number of comments, they are responding.

If Palin is unaware of this, she’s even further removed from reality than I thought.

Don’t like an article?  Write a blog.  Post your anger in the article’s comments section.  While you’re at it, most writers have their bylines link directly to their email address, so you can also go straight to the source. This isn’t like the old media where you’d have to write a letter to the editor and hope that they choose to publish your dissent for an article.

Part of what makes social media so much different from old, print media is that it’s not static.  It’s dynamic, living and breathing, changing and changeable.  It’s instantaneous.  This means that there is always a way to jump into the conversation or start your own.  Sarah Palin just chose to not respond to emails from Family Guy producers or the actress from the controversial episode who actually has Down’s Syndrome.

Probably because she doesn’t actually have anything to say that would clear up the matter.  And it’s more fun for her to just claim to not be part of the media machine so she can keep berating it.

(H/T The Daily Dish)

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