But for those who have access to technology – and I know that there are issues around class and privilege, etc, with that – is it not a Good Thing that world leaders can be contacted by the electorate by as many different means as possible?
Via BBC World News:
Barack Obama is to keep his BlackBerry, becoming the first US president to have access to e-mail in the White House.
“It’s just one tool among a number of tools that I’m trying to use, to break out of the bubble, to make sure that people can still reach me,” he told CNN.
“If I’m doing something stupid, somebody in Chicago can send me an e-mail and say, ‘What are you doing?'”
Although I do wonder just how much email access to the President people will really have; how much screening will be in place. If, for example, to pull a completely hypothetical and random thought out of the air – if there was an email campaign pressing for an early resolution to the trans exclusive ENDA situation, would all those emails (a) actually reach him, (b) be replied to and (c) be acted upon?
More flippantly I also wonder if his spam filters will keep out all the ‘remortgage your penis’ junk mail…
(Cross-posted at Questioning Transphobia)