Twitter has been bad for me. It’s been an ‘enabler’, letting me get my fix of breaking news and political discussion. You can see a bit of my Twitter stream in the right hand side there. If you don’t know what Twitter is, it’s a place where people exchange 140 character messages. They’re like Facebook or MSN status messages. In fact, I send my Twitter updates to Facebook as status messages. I tweet a fair bit so it might be pretty annoying to see it all in FB, but no one’s complained yet!
Of course, today was pretty historic in terms of Canadian politics. Here’s excerpts from my Twitter stream today:
Will she or won’t she? @pmharper visits the Governor-General tomorrow morning to ask for stay of execution.
The suspense is killing me. I’m glad this is happening before work.
How concerned about the environment is @pmharper? He took a motorcade from Rideau Hall to Government House, which are across the street!
I hope there’s somebody recording the conversation between the GG and @pmharper this morning. If nothing than for the history books!
Heh, the PM’s staffers are taunting the reporters by repeatedly opening and closing the doors to Government House.
Coming up on 2 hrs meeting w/ PM & GG. What on earth is taking so long? Him: “Prorogue!” Her: “No” or “Yes”. What else is there?
Today, control of Canada’s government has been seized by a true tyrant. I fail to understand how this helps our country.
Parliamentary democracy has been reduced to tyranny. How can any politician be proud of this moment?
How can any citizen support tyranny over democracy? How can anyone think that today’s political climate benefits our country?
The only way out of this quagmire is for Harper and Dion to both resign and for cooler heads and better leaders to step forward.
Further, it is has never been more clear that parliamentary reform is required.
We cannot allow an unelected leader (in the sense of not elected as leader) so much power as to plunge the country into crisis.
This is a pivotal time in the growth of our country. Do not let the childishness of politicians disenfranchise you.
I truly don’t understand how people can support bullying, fear-mongering, and abuse of power. http://is.gd/agHb
So, that’s a sampling of my thoughts through the day. What you’re not seeing are the responses to these tweets and the tweets of other people. It passes a lot of people by, but these new technologies are changing how people interact with the world.