Thursday, February 16, 2012

Newspaper undermines civic engagement

Just a warning... if you attend a municipal or school district meeting and sign up to keep informed about issues electronically, Post-Star managing editor Ken Tingley has issued a fiat that your private email address becomes public information. He won’t say for what purpose his paper wants your private email address, what public interests this serves or what right he has to information you're not choosing to give to him but we’re supposed to just trust him.

And if the government entity tries to protect your private information – not the contact information of public officials, but that of private, law-abiding citizens – they will be the ones denounced.

What a fantastic way to encourage the public to engage in civic issues.

Or maybe the corporate daily wants people to not be proactive and to just swallow their interpretation of events uncritically.

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