It is no secret that the hottest item in the news these days in the province of Quebec has been the student protests over tuition hikes and Bill 78. Among the plethora of articles and opinions, one recently caught my eye: provincial politicians have not been utilizing Twitter to its fullest extent and to their advantage during time.
It is clear that Twitter has played a huge role these last few weeks, as public protests have been organized more spontaneously, with the Montreal police and public transportation system keeping the population abreast of developments as affected by the protests. Twitter has also allowed rumours of all sorts to run rampant during these times.
Critics believe that the government has missed a somewhat golden opportunity to reach out to a portion of the population who no longer turns to traditional media. While there is currently a lot of politics-bashing going on in social media, the government has not made use of this forum to reach out and get its own message across. Other political parties are not capitalizing on the anti-government sentiment floating around. Others say that it is probably best that the government not let itself be dragged into Twitter posts or rants. So, is social media the new way forward or a must when it comes to politics?