The Digital Divide in Washington — Huffington Post Blog

Posted by: in Social Media Insights & Trends on August 23, 2010

There is a growing digital divide in Washington between our politicians and our citizens who are highly active online.  Sean Donahue of The Herald Group just wrote a great post in the Huffington Post on the topic and I added in my two cents, which is below.

“With nearly 4 out of 5 Americans online, it is fair to say that traditional town halls are as outdated as town criers,” Bob Pearson, Chief Technology & Media Officer of independent strategic communications firm WCG recently told me. “The new town hall is occurring every day in YouTube, Google, Twitter, forums and blogs nationally without members of Congress. They are welcome to join when they are ready, but their constituents aren’t waiting with baited breath.”

It’s encouraging to see politicians start working to reach their constituents more over the last year.  In many respects, we are in chapter one of this process of a very long book.  Alot of work remains ahead of us.

You can see the full article via this link.

All the best, Bob

By: Bob Pearson

Bob is the President of W2O Group, an independent network of digital communications and marketing companies. He is an author, frequent speaker and instructor for Rutgers center for management development. After the success of his book Pre-Commerce, Bob is currently working on a new book on the future of media titled Storytizing that will be available in 2014. Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell to develop the Fortune 500’s first global social media function -- an industry-leading approach to the use of social media, as highlighted in the best seller, GroundSwell. Before Dell, Bob was Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he served on the Pharma Executive Committee. He also serves on a variety of Boards in health and technology. Highlights include serving as an original member of the P&G digital advisory board and being appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as chair and vice chair of the emerging technology fund for the State of Texas.

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