Will we do politics differently thanks to social media?
I'd say YES.
Social media allows new ways of direct interactions.
Not only because social media break down the physical barriers that made difficult to Mr X to hear what Mrs Y was saying and to give direct feedback that could be read by Mr Z.
More important than the technologies that allow such interactions, there is a philosophy behind social media.
And this philosophy makes it acceptable for Mrs Y to consider that the feedback received by Mr X is worthy, regardless of Mr X's position in real life. Mr Z could perhaps also throw new ideas in the plates of both Mr X & Mrs Y. etc, etc.
I believe this social media philosophy enables more transparency, more collaboration and therefore could instil a culture made of more shared responsibility in and out-side any organisation.
In my opinion, social media philosophy can bring major benefits in many spheres of both the public & private sectors.
And I am sure it will increasingly do so in the years to come.
I really like the blog post written by Heather Blanchard in which she shares her thoughts about social media, entrepreneurism and participatory government - http://bit.ly/HRgYpH
I share her conclusion. Especially the idea that "one of the best way to change how government works is by the very people who are within the bureaucracy. They just need the environment which allows for this to happen."
And you. What do you think?