Wait! you say. Urban planners don't putz around on social media. They, you know, draw maps and plan things and...do other stuff.
|PLAN PLAN PLAN|
In my econ class lately we talk about the commodification of everything, and it made me think about this....am I participating in the commodification of transit planning? The system, the planning process, the public engagement, are all products that we have to market to the ambivalent internet crowd.
|Please ignore the awkward Windows ad placement...|
But that's the way it has to be, right? Because we live in this culture and we have to play into it to get anything done. I'm a practical person, and I generally think working within the system is the right way to go - a real write-letters-to-your-Senator kind of gal.
That said, when using social media I'm going to ask two things: is it actually working, and who am I actually reaching?
A long time ago, people used to have communities and stuff. And they learned things and were inspired and gained meaning through those communities (this is what they tell me anyway, it being way before my time). But that still exists in some form, right? Do you learn the things you care most about through facebook? Or through your friends who tell you about it and get you all pumped? Likes and follows are cheap as spit. Sure, you should probably do it anyway, just to cover your bases and spread the word. But it can be minimal, you know. We don't need to build a digital empire. In the end it all turns to dust. The relationships last.
|It's a car. Cars are related to transit, okay?|
|This cat prefers in-person outreach|
None of which are currently on the market.
|Technology monster NOM NOM NOM|
Or maybe it's just that my age-old hatred of everything computer-related is resurfacing. You decide.