So I’ve reluctantly decided to allow myself to be dragged into the 21st Century and the dumbed-down world of social media and its jolly japes milieu of anodyne trivia designed for college chums - not knowing quite what I’m letting myself in for.
Little hope of getting any serious discussion of the issues or indeed any comments at all, especially as all the partners are in hiding, afraid to show their faces. And that’s why Facebook is used by
SMP and others who want to give an
appearance of democracy and engaging with the public while delivering nothing
of the kind.
The format of Facebook contrives to disperse and diffuse (therefore effectively defuses and emasculates) comments criticism and complaints across a wide canvas even in one screen making contributions from the public easier for the managers to deal with or ignore. It’s ideal for slippery management stratagems. In this it’s completely different to a blog or a public meeting where at any one time the focus is totally on the one point being raised making it much harder for a manager to avoid. No wonder they like it. Its scattering effect gives them another managerial tool for avoiding debate and accountability.
Over a hundred people attended the initial meetings only to be told they were not part of a consultation just being given a chance to write some ideas on post-it-notes and then go home. Considering their age profile I doubt many of them are users of Facebook. So it can't be claimed that a Facebook page is part of a consultation.