This item in the Brisbane Times caught my eye as to how the whole nature of campaigning is changing – and the mixed blessing of Facebook:
A senior Liberal National Party staffer has been reprimanded over comments she made on a website attacking Premier Anna Bligh. Katherine Smith, a media adviser for LNP deputy leader Mark McArdle, was one of 76 members of the now defunct “Ana Bligh is a Moron” group on social networking site Facebook…In what is expected to be Queensland’s first “tech election”, websites attacking both sides of politics are becoming as prolific…The election is due in September, but speculation is rife it will be called next week, for a poll in late March.
According to the report she posted the comment: “Anna Bligh is ugly” in work time. And thus all those questions spring forth again that have cropped up during our campaign period here. Does rebuttal on blogs count as work related communications? Is it ok as long as it isn’t personal? Should people use their own names if they are in a paid role? Are we gradually seeing a common understanding of what is appropriate develop (rules by which all engage?). Or is it the nature of blogs/ the net that things are always evolving?