Politics on Facebook

If you want to follow New Zealand politics on Facebook – political party, and media information – a very useful list has been set up:

This should be a useful compilation of what’s happening for journalists and anyone interested in following politics in New Zealand.

It has been set up by Geoffrey Miller who has been compiling “all the MPs’ pages I can find, parties, interest groups etc. Anyone involved in NZ politics really who is worth following.”

It’s a work in progress but already works well and looks to be very useful.

There’s no doubt that Facebook has become a major forum for discussion on the Internet in general, and this applies to politics as with many other things.

I’ve seen political parties in New Zealand favouring their Facebook pages over their official websites for getting information out and for generating discussion. Twitter is just a pointer to what’s on Facebook.

Facebook has it’s strengths but a problem with it is that information is very scattered and easy to miss.

So the NZ Politics list on Facebook is an excellent aid to finding local politics if that’s what you’re interested in.

UPDATE: I have added a link to NZ Politics on Facebook on the right hand end of ther Your NZ menu to make it easy to find.

“Disturbingly fascinating” blog exercise

Does The Standard have a predominant “gruff salty vernacular”? Recent discussions at there centering around abuse and behaviour turned up an interesting comment by NZ Femme:

In my pols paper last semester at Otago, during one of our tutorials that followed a couple of lectures on NZ Politics and the Media, our tutorial group had to divide in to four smaller groups. Each smaller group had to represent one of four NZ political websites: The Standard, The Daily Blog, Whale Oil, and Kiwi Blog. (Couldn’t choose which blog team you could be on, and to my barely disguised horror, I ended up on the Whale Oil team. It was excruciating.)

Anyway, the interesting thing was that the three females on “The Standard” team, all took on male gendered persona’s, and started talking in this kind of gruff salty vernacular. It was kind of disturbing.

As another commenter said “disturbingly fascinating” – fascinating yes, but I don’t think it’s disturbing, it’s not unusual for people to adapt their behaviour to fit their perception of the social group they are in.

And another comment (by blue leopard):

There are a couple of points that arise to explain what occurred in your tutorial:

a. The Standard is full of male gendered personas talking in a gruff and salty vernacular.

b. There are a variety of personas, male, female and gender neutral on the Standard and there are many polite and reasoned comments as well as gruff ones, yet the male gendered personas speaking in a gruff way are what that group of people noticed.

I choose b. as being the most accurate explanation.

I’d go for b. too, there’s a wide range of personalities at The Standard but a few often dominate the forums so will be far more noticeable to new visitors.

It would be even more fascinating to take this further and analyse the behaviour of students in all the blog groups.

It might depend on how well they thought they identified with and fitted in with the group they were assigned to. I’d guess that NZ Femme’s horror meant she adapt to a Whale Oil persona.