Politicians, journalists using social media obscure real issues

Politicians, journalists using social media obscure real issues, by Chris Mitchell.

Academic research has shown that in political terms social media skews left.

Twitter is the worst. I would call it little more than a left-wing echo chamber for various highly politicised activists, including many journalists. This is not surprising since it was actually invented as a way for pop stars to talk to their fans rather than to discuss serious issues. …

Modern political staffers get their juice from watching West Wing, whatever side they work for. And whether working for Labor or Liberal politicians, they are often way to the left of their bosses. Paul Kelly called it out during the Gillard years when he wrote in Inquirer that most staffers in the Gillard government were not even Labor voters and overwhelmingly supported the Greens. …

Twitter, a medium with a maximum of 140 characters, is not conducive to logical thought, deep research, reflection or independence of thought. It is really a place where activists cheer each other on, often in the foulest ­language or with the most naive affirmations of clearly partisan positions.

Non-PC expression really only exists on blogs and in a few parts of the media. Most of the media, social media, and government and corporate websites are mostly captured by the forces of big government and political correctness.