Friday, February 21, 2014
HOW TO SPOT USELESS PRO TRIMET PROPAGANDA
I've seen example after example of Trimet actually corresponding with riders on twitter and even solving some problems so to that I say good job!
Maybe I am harder on them than most critics but its well deserved as far as I am concerned.
Now how do we, as members of the public spot Bull shit articles about Trimet? (or for that matter about any governmental or private institution)
It's actually very simple, the article or essay will offer no criticism of the agency whatsoever and only sings it praises. Furthermore if the article/essay is not allowing comments or is 'moderating' comments you know whoever wrote it is not interested in contrary points of view but only expounding their point of view.
When you see these things warning bells should go off in the readers heads
I'm referring to the following article: Government Communication & TriMet's Winter Weather Response | Emerging Local Government Leaders NetworkEmerging Local Government Leaders Network
Now I tried to read that as carefully as possible but as soon as it lost credibility with me I started skimming the article, not even one line of criticism was found.
It also needs to be noted that the author is studying 'public affairs' and had recently worked as at an internship at the City of West Linn where he did work in communications and public affairs.
Obviously Ben has learned the game well and I am sure a good paying job in some local government awaits him.
Let me repeat, personally I think Trimet has improved its social media response 1000%, however we that follow this stuff know that they always seem to disappear off social media when the proverbial shit hits the fan.