Thursday, April 15, 2010

Brooks hears the voice of the people

If you have any doubt about the speed of news today, then today's events should convince you that things have changed.

County Executive L.Brooks Patterson announced in the morning that he would challenge the state's new unfunded ban on smoking, the response on community web sites around the county was immediate and overwhelmingly negative, and Patterson announced that he would drop the plan. It all happened in about six hours

The Oakland Press received hundreds of comments and by 6 p.m. this was the top story with over 1400 hits.

Social media make the difference. The word spreads very quickly and people talk. But more importantly, those conversations are recorded and available for all to see.

Politicians can see what you are saying. And, if they have any sense, they will quickly respond.