My mind began to wander, fatigued by the rapid-fire tweets and Facebook posts surrounding the third and final presidential debate on foreign policy. And then came a blast of fresh air from Iceland.
This GigaOM article
discusses Iceland's bold move to allow its citizens to participate in the drafting of its new constitution — via Facebook and Twitter. Rather bold, considering the fact that we often equate the creation of constitutions with parchment and ink, and powdered wigs — not hashtags and "like if you agree with the wording of this paragraph."
But while Iceland's government officials will have the ultimate say, the country is breaking new ground indeed by trusting its citizenry to use social media to provide meaningful feedback on such a crucial document. What's more, nearly half of the country's 235,000 eligible voters participated in the referendum.
Imagine if we could get half of the population to participate in anything in America.
Yes, we use social media to opine, to unofficially poll, to debate. Would it happen if, say, you were allowed to cast official votes on government affairs via social media? Would you trust the results?