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December 19, 2013

Twit wit

Filed under: Alameda, City Council — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Soooo…

You all know, I’m a big fan of Twitter.   I like it.  I think public entities that tweet out relevant information is helpful.  I like public officials being on Twitter because it makes them seem accessible.  What I have a bit of a problem with though is tweeting during public meetings.

So at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, apparently Tony Daysog felt the need to keep his social media going at the exact same time the meeting was going on.  Here’s the full set starting with the beginning of the meeting:

Maybe what we see on Twitter is actually the stream of consciousness that occurs in Tony Daysog’s head.  Perhaps this was a social media experiment to see how he could successfully juggle actively participating in the meeting and providing updates for people in front of Twitter but not watching the meeting.  Whatever it was it was (1) weird, (2) has the appearance of him not actually paying attention, and (3) weird.

I don’t know if Tony Daysog has a laptop on the dais or an Ipad or is using his phone to tweet, but as someone who has tried to tweet on all three, tweeting on anything but a real computer is a pain in the ass.  Unless you are okay with your tweets being littered with misspellings or auto corrects.

As to the content, I’m not sure how much value-add there is in “VF yeah!”  The question is, if he is tweeting, what else is he doing rather than paying attention to the actual meeting?  Checking email?  On Facebook?  Playing Farmville?  The perception is probably worse than the actual transgression.

Look, I’m no Luddite, I love technology.  Technology woohoo!  But there’s a time and a place for it.  And while an Ipad maybe really nifty to view agendas and supporting documents on, leave it on those pages and stop playing with them so much so that we know that you are actually looking at an agenda and not liking status updates on Facebook.

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6 Comments

  1. You are absolutely right on this, Lauren! Not to mention that such electronic conversations are only available in real time to a.]people with receiving electronic devices & b.]who have them turned on. Since a substantial percent of Alameda’s voters do not fall into these categories during council meetings, I’m surprised such behavior doesn’t violate the Sunshine Ordinance. Of course, if Mr.Daysog would like to provide us with smartphones & pay for the 2-year contract, I see no problem.

    Comment by vigi — December 19, 2013 @ 9:35 am

  2. I’m really glad about the 4-way stop at San Jose and Regent. I stress out every time I pass that way.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — December 19, 2013 @ 11:34 am

  3. Upholding the decision meant that the 4-way stop was not installed. Instead there will be parking spaces removed to increase visibility.

    Comment by Lauren Do — December 19, 2013 @ 11:48 am

  4. It has appeared for some time that some council members have not only been tweeting, but emailing during meetings as well. How they can possibly pay attention to all of the information that is being presented to them with which to make important city decisions? Multitasking does not lend to 100% participation. Then there is the potential for abuse of issues relative to Sunshine. I wish someone would do something to put a stop to this.

    Comment by Nancy Hird — December 19, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

  5. Tweeting or sending e-mails while a council meeting is in session, appears on the face of it, a violation of the Sunshine Ordinance. Should it not be on the public record, since it is a comment, an utterance relative to business at hand? Is the council member using a personal device or if it is a city issued device, all communications are subject to disclosure according to city rules regarding electronic communications. Just saying. Be careful of what you write or say.

    Comment by Basel — December 21, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  6. This is an excerpt from an article (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/07/11/110711fa_fact_kahn) about tech geek, Jaron Lanier who is credited with “inventing” virtual reality, which seemed cogent:

    At the South by Southwest Interactive conference, in Austin, in March of 2010, Lanier gave a talk, before which he asked his audience not to blog, text, or tweet while he was speaking. He later wrote that his message to the crowd had been: “If you listen first, and write later, then whatever you write will have had time to filter through your brain, and you’ll be in what you say. This is what makes you exist. If you are only a reflector of information, are you really there?”

    as total aside, but related to sourcing of videos posted on this blog, here is another one from near the end of the article: “he mentioned, with some pride, that he had been “banned” from the TED conferences last year, after publishing an essay about the narcissistic nature of the event in a London magazine.” ha!

    Comment by MI — January 16, 2014 @ 10:41 am


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