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Thursday, May 31, 2012

NYC proposes ban on sale of oversized sodas - - ABC13

NYC proposes ban on sale of oversized sodas - - ABC13

Yet another example of social media in government that is going viral as we speak. The proposal - expected to be announced formally on Thursday in a City Hall briefing - would take 20-ounce soda bottles off the shelves of the city's delis and eliminate super-sized sugary soft drinks from fast-food menus. It is the latest health effort by the administration to spark accusations that the city's officials are overstepping into matters that should be left in the hands of individual consumers.

When something like this happens in government, look at the social media that the particular agency uses. In this case check Twitter @NYCmayorsoffice and look at all the remarks. They range from, Bloomberg is actually nuts to should I wipe standing up or sitting down. 

Don't get me wrong, Michael Bloomberg will probably go down as the greatest Mayor in the City of New York's history. After all, the man is in his third term and he waived his salary to be the mayor (not withstanding that his billion dollar fortune was made in NYC). However, this is a classic example of how social media can take a dumb proposal (in my opinion) and get immediate reaction. This too however, is part of our basic civil liberties to speak out and be heard against or for our elected officials. It just is a lot easier in 2012 then it ever was.

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