Social media use has bearing on people’s jobs
@03.2 Sound Off Body Copy:With regards to a recent Brandon Sun article concerning Jim Murray, vice-chair of the Brandon School Division board: Anyone, especially a publicly elected figure, who still thinks what they say on social media has no bearing on their elected position does not live in the real world. Every word that they say, write, tweet, post,
email, etc., may one day become public and be scrutinized. Whether this is right or wrong, he’s wrong to claim “it’s ridiculous ... to attempt to connect my personal opinions, expressed on a personal social media page, to my role as a trustee.” Too late.
Tories drive people to tweet
Thanks for printing Jim Murray’s Twitter screen. I loved his comments and I would have missed them otherwise. He may have been a little over the top but the actions of the Tories, provincially and especially federally, can do that to a person. I would like to see the Sun hire Mr. Murray as a columnist.
Murray has the right to post his views
Since when did being a school board trustee put you on the same playing field as a politician where things you “tweet” about in your private life become front page news? Jim Murray has every right to post what he thinks of the government on his personal page. Should he be more careful than others ... some may agree and some may not but it certainly isn’t newsworthy in the least!
Social media the same as public speaking
Anyone can post their views on any topic on Facebook and Twitter. It’s virtually the same as if you were to stand on a street corner and hand out pamphlets. Or stand up and voice your opinions at some public forum. The bottom line is if you really want to draw people to your side you must make a compelling argument. I would say that trustee Jim Murray’s negative tone and repeated spelling mistakes (even of former premier Gary Filmon’s name) receive a failing grade in that regard. He will now have to face his peers around the school board table, school division administrators, teachers, parents and students who will all know what he stands for, how he formulates his arguments and how he truly regards people whose ideas he disagrees with. It will be tough on him.
Tweets not symbolic
I am very disappointed to see one of our elected school trustees post a politically disparaging tweet and display the Masonic symbol with it. This does not represent Masonic moral behaviour!
BSD and social media
We were shocked to read that a member, and past chair, of the BSD board actually went on social media with his rants. We understand that BSD has zero tolerance from their staff and students using social media to bully and degrade, but that is exactly what he (Mr. Jim Murray) did. Perhaps it is time for him to resign and try to save the rest of the board embarrassment.
Public opinion versus public office
Set aside the content of trustee Jim Murray’s comments on Twitter for a moment. Let’s say he is entitled to express his views, in whatever crude fashion and against whatever politician he wants. Free speech. But his claims that he was having a personal conversation with a family member and using open tweets to do so shows he doesn’t understand the medium — it’s a very public social media platform — and he needs to ask someone how to use the personal message function of his account.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 16, 2014