Tracy Watkins wrote an opinion piece the other day about Sue Moroney’s troubles.
I don’t think we need to relitigate the issues of her stupidity around that, but Watkins did note at the end of her column something that seems to have passed politicians by.
It is also something I have been talking about for years.
It’s a graphic reminder to MPs that while social media might be a potent political weapon in the right hands, used badly it can be a quick route to self-destruction.
British MP Emily Thornberry discovered that when she was forced to resign for perceived snobbery over a tweet picturing a working-class house flying the St George flag.
Moroney’s tweet no doubt reflected back the views of those in her Twitter clique. And that’s the problem with Twitter especially.
It has became an online echo chamber, in which its users follow others who share their own views and political opinions. And that in turn leads to a mob mentality when the group turns on the views or opinions of those who don’t agree with them. Read more »