60% des eurodéputés nés après 1960 utilisent Twitter fréquemment, contre seulement 5% de ceux nés avant 1950
Story 1: Credible commitment (and the lack of it) Silvio Berlusconi. Like him or loathe him, he polarises He pitched up to a European Council summit in December 2010 Time for a social media bonanza thought the press service of the Council…
But as a citizen this is what you would get if you were anywhere near the building!
So what do a bunch of nerds do? They game the system, forcing the experiment to be turned off
Shirky – what’s a Credible Commitment? It means that if I ask you for something, what are the chances that I am going to actually listen to you? ?
It’s based on the famous story of change.gov in the UK – being too open This poses problems and opportunities for politics – what is the value of 1000 e-mails, in comparison to the value of 1000 letters
EU Blogging at Roskilde University
Why is communicationfrom the EU always so bad?
Who actually has the incentive to communicate beyond Brussels?
Elections force communicationNo EU institution is close to the basic definition ofa party system from Schumpeter, composed of 4main elements of the role of political parties:Parties present programmesVoters make an informed choice betweencompeting partiesThe successful party puts its programme intopracticeThe governing party judged on its successes atthe next electionAdapted from Schumpeter, J.A.  (1976), Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, 5th Edition,London, Allen & Unwin, quoted in Judge, D. & Earnshaw, D.,The European Parliament
The InstitutionsCommission• Political futures do not depend on communication – indeed quite the contrary? Parliament• Second order national elections, often closed lists Council / Member States• If the EU is a success, incentive to present that as a national success
Something to think about The most scary thing about the Internet for“ your government is not pedophiles, terrorists or viruses, whatever you may have read in the papers. It is the danger of your administration being silently obsoleted by the lightening pace at which the Internet changes ” expectations. Tom Steinberg Founder of MySociety.org MySociety blog 07.01.2009
Peak of hype Gartner Hype Cycle Plateau of productivity Technology trigger Trough of disillusionment2000 2004 2008 2012
Links and CreditsInteresting articlesBlogging as a journalistic genre / Andrew Sullivan - http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/11/why-i-blog/7060/Vattenfall: from http://publicaffairs2point0.eu/2008/10/28/spring-comes-early-to-place-luxembourg-or/Twitterwall http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/04/european-council-changes-course-on-tweetwall-after-berlusconi-insults117.html http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/12/17/eu-summit-twitter-wall-trial-goes-awry-as-berlusconi-bashers-flood-euco-stream/Photo Credits - all Creative Commons LicensedTom Steinberg http://www.flickr.com/photos/mbiddulph/4020771892/Facebook Like http://www.flickr.com/photos/sofiabudapest/5925462073/Habermas http://www.flickr.com/photos/37925259@N00/5718599089/Vienna Café http://www.flickr.com/photos/su-may/7103794911/Shirky http://www.flickr.com/photos/poptech2006/2969510044/Spliff http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamcohn/2787196217/Belgian Security http://www.flickr.com/photos/skender/1361525212/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/skender/1361555878/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/skender/1361450404/People at laptops http://www.flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera/3347405355/Silvio Berlusconi http://www.flickr.com/photos/elenatorre/3675597102/Malmström http://www.flickr.com/photos/european_parliament/4287119537/TGV http://www.flickr.com/photos/34147934@N07/4866055584/Barroso http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldeconomicforum/3488886360/sizes/l/in/photostreamBubble http://www.flickr.com/photos/stansich/134366701/sizes/l/All other pictures either taken by the presenter, or used with permission
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