I made good on my promise this weekend and barely touched the blog, let alone comment on politics of any stripe. This is despite being clearly called to the mat by RochesterTurning.com. (Thanks, BTP!) The results of my hiatus have been positive, and actually my one post of yesterday is probably some of my favourite writing in a while. But in my avoidance of politics I missed one of the few occasions when I find myself agreeing with an editorial in the D&C. Passionately agreeing, in fact:
FOIA reform aside, one aspect of open government the federal government has addressed far more adroitly than local government is Web site completeness and ease of navigation.
Too many state and local sites are either difficult to navigate or overly political. The Monroe County site, for example, tends to focus County Executive Maggie Brooks’ activities. She’s running for re-election, not coincidentally.
Holy crap, yes! Finally, someone in the Rochester MSM decides to take Maggie to task for having spent god-only-knows how much to improve the MC website only for the sake of using it to promote herself. You can’t go anywhere on that site without either seeing her cherubic dip-shit smile or at least her name. All funded on the taxpayer’s dime, but I’ll betcha the commenting folks over there at the D&C have nothing to say about that, hey? In fact, no one’s posted a single comment on the subject.
But as long as we’re talking accessibility of information, I wonder what people’s thoughts are concerning the media’s obligation to provide information? I mean, one of the continual annoyances I face is bookmarking or linking to an article in a news website only to have it go away. Why is that? Storage can’t be a consideration, so then what is it? You can search this site for any post I’ve ever done and find it, but if you want an article more than a week old on the D&C, forget it.
Oh, sure, they’ve got an archive. But in this modern Internet, there’s a little thing called “permalinks,” which means that resources are identified permanently, even after they’ve long-since left the front page. I personally think that if news media outlets are our principle source of information on politicians, and politicians are answerable for their actions, then it follows that media sources need to take all possible steps to make sure the information we need is always available.
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