By chance I came across an article in the Independent yesterday with the headline - Councillor, 18, Gets Facebook Warning. OK, lets unpick this one before I let my biased views come spilling through.
Lets look at the facts. We have a young councillor - this is good. We have a councillor who is a user of social media - this is good. We have a council that rightly wants to manage its reputation and support a new councillor in their new role - this is good.
The problem is, none of these are the main features of the story. The portrayal is one of a bureaucracy seeking to clip the wings of a new comer who might have some desires to use these social media gadgets to make "inappropriate comments".
I think this cameo piece illustrates a lot of the challenges that forward thinking authorities and their councillors face. The easy headline, which coincidentally portrays the councillor and the local authority in a less than positive light, perpetuates a climate where both retreat into a place that hinders innovation, engagement and dialogue using new media.
Bit of a shame really. Lots of work still to do then.