I guess I'm resigned to the little
not-so-surprises I see in the news.
Like when GOP wunderkind Aaron
Schock decided to resign after certain discrepancies surfaced in his mileage
reimbursement figures. Funny, because he'd suddenly became a millionaire after
taking office and going into real estate deals with his campaign contributors
and was weathering that storm. It was bad math on his reimbursed mileage
that took him down.
The little surprise that got me was
that not only was the whole thing not shocking, because, you know, the term
"honest politician" is an oxymoron, but because his name Schock, even
though it's spelleds-c-h-o-c-k-, kind
of prepared us for the whole thing on a subliminal level.
Another political non-shock was
when a social media expert resigned from Presidential Candidate Scott Walker's
campaign. What was not-so-surprising was that the cause was over a bad tweet.
Tweets are notoriously bad methods
of communication. At least when it comes to nuance. The professional tweeter
--- yes there is such a thing --- said she apparently came across as snarky. Let me just say, professional
tweeter, snarky is defined as terse and direct with no attempt to pull punches.
That's pretty much a tweet right there.
Or take the headline that was
tweeted about her stepping down. It said, "Scott Walker Social Media
expert resigns." Having just read about football
players renewing their contracts I misread that as re-signs. Not re-zines. Too
few words can trip you up twitter-people.
Were I a presidential candidate, or
president, who hired someone to do social media for me, I'd maybe have a
pre-tweet or tweetaround failsafe system in place so every tweet was sent to me
first, before it actually got out to the twitterverse.
Imagine if World War III gets
started with a tweet.