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Sweden Experiments With Public Twitter Takeover 64

Posted by Soulskill
from the reality-tv-in-140-characters dept.
revealingheart writes "BBC reports that Sweden is allowing one citizen per week to take control of its official Twitter feed, in what's been described as 'the world's most democratic Twitter experiment.' Adam Arnesson, a 21-year-old organic sheep farmer, is said to be the biggest star of the project so far, uploading photos and videos of life on his family's farm; while a female minister in the Church of Sweden and a Bosnian immigrant have also posted on the feed. The Swedish Institute and VisitSweden launched the experiment in December, which has helped to double Sweden's Twitter followers in the past month."
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Sweden Experiments With Public Twitter Takeover

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  • Not Democratic (Score:4, Interesting)

    by guttentag (313541) on Sunday January 15, 2012 @04:24AM (#38704258) Journal

    BBC reports that Sweden is allowing one citizen per week to take control of its official Twitter feed, in what's been described as 'the world's most democratic Twitter experiment.'

    Democratic? You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. According to Wikipedia: [wikipedia.org]

    Democracy in its purest or most ideal form would be a society in which all adult citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.

    So it's not Democratic at all unless you let everyone vote on each Twitter post, which would make it American Idol: Sweden Edition. Instead, this is more like some MTV reality show where everyone sits at home and says, "huh... so that's what the country would be like if this moron was running things... thank goodness he's not... maybe next week will be different and meaningful" every week. A little advice to all you folks in Sweden: we tried this in the U.S. already. We called it the second Bush presidency [wikipedia.org].

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