I’m at the Parliament House Library for the year, as the (drumroll) 2010 Parliamentary Fellow. My research project deals with the use of “new media” by federal political players in this election year. Those players, at this stage, are MPs and the press gallery.
To this end I have joined Twitter at http://twitter.com/mumbletwits. (Just ‘mumble’ wasn’t available.) Mainly as an observer at this stage, but once I have the hang of it I’ll be judiciously tweeting.
I’ll still be Mumbling here ‘n stuff like that, but will be keeping two hats apart.
Research topic still formulating, hope to soon have a website devoted to it up soon. At the end is a published monograph.
Initial thoughts: with both journos and pollies on a learning curve, Twitter holds potential pitfalls for both, in particular with unguarded, un-thought through comments. Politicians might put their foot in it; journalists might reveal their ignorance and/or bias.
And obviously lots more besides. It is a ripper of a topic.