Arkansas Lawmakers, Journalists Learn the Modern Art of Governing by Tweet

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 12:00 am  

“I would say [Twitter] is a new avenue, but I don’t think it does anything to diminish the old one,” Burris added.

Holmstrom said this year’s legislative session will be indicative of how far social media have extended their reach.

“This upcoming session is going to be very key as regards social media,” he said, noting that Rep. Davy Carter (@DavyCarter), R-Cabot, will be the first Arkansas house speaker to be an active Twitter user. “I think it will be interesting to see how he utilizes that communication tool in this session.”

Nelson said social media have made the Legislature more accessible, but actually exacerbate the need for good journalism. “The rule now becomes … not to provide us with a recap the next day of the breaking news … but to provide some context, some sense of history, some sense of place of what’s going on, and I think that becomes more important than ever,” he said. “In a world of 140-character tweets, I think the need for the 50-inch analysis has now become even more important.”



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