Social media bring many benefits. But this thoughtful piece points out that they will also make harder for politics and government to work well. – PM Lee Hsien Loong

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Social media bring many benefits. But this thoughtful piece points out that they will also make harder for politics and government to work well. The writer talks about the US, but many of his points apply to Singapore too. – Lee Hsien Loong

Link to CNN article: The danger of Twitter, Facebook politics

“Third, government by social media leads to an environment where in every setting a politician has to be “on.”
When politicians are hashing out ideas, those ideas can range somewhere between politically untenable and electorally suicidal.

Once they’re tweeted — be it by a journalist or a rival politician — they become TV ad, direct mail, and attack e-mail fodder.”

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  •  A democracy MAY endure if the majority of its voters understand that there is a tradeoff between short-term and long-term benefits and is prepared to elect a government that they believe can deliver long-term benefits over one which delivers short-term benefits at the expense of long-term benefits. 
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