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Just a quick thought here –

Does anyone find it very interesting that Sarah Palin has taken her voice to Facebook and Twitter almost exclusively? She is calling the shots and making the mainstream media report on what she just wrote on these social sites. It is unprecedented that a politician could so overtly avoid any tough questions or interviews and still get the coverage that she gets.

Is this responsible journalism? Is this responsible politicking? (did I just use responsible and politics in the same sentence?)

Your thoughts?

UPDATE:

I just read this interesting article on CNN about why America is growing tired of Palin. I ‘bolded’ the part that seems to echo what I was pinpointing above.

The hope for some Republicans is that Palin will literally tweet her way out of our hearts. The books, the reality TV, the family psycho-dramas, the never-ending internet “thought bubbles” could just be enough to drive even those who like her over the edge. And, sure, we in the press are part of this uber-coverage, behaving as if every 140-character thought is worth some conversation. It isn’t. As Erick Erickson, the editor of the conservative RedState.com and a CNN contributor, told me, it’s not really about what Palin has achieved. “By 2012,” he says, “people are going to be so tired of her they’re going to want to avoid eye contact. It’s not fair, but it’s reality.”

While traditional media was about putting your brand out there full force with no real interaction, social media is about a human conversation with your friends, fans and customers. Here is the perfect example of Andrew Garcia, the American Idol star connecting with his fans in a real way. The fans talk and he listens and interacts. This has happened on Twitter for me with multiple people like Candace Cameron, Don Lemon (CNN anchor), etc. Social media has the power to bring us all closer together – especially when it comes to celebrities and big brands.

Has anything like this happened you? You mention a brand and they respond to you on twitter or facebook? Let me know! I may use your story in my upcoming talk about social media

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