But I managed to have great conversations on Twitter about hashtags - specifically related to the upcoming New Zealand election with folks from many sides of the 'aisle' and had a near twitter fight with National/Greens supporter Ben Rachinger on the last Labour govt. We ended on a good note though. A reminder that 140 character is up for all sorts of interpretation and political colours are often more than just red and blue.
But enough chit-chat, here are the top tweets in #nzpol from this week!
On Labour's list, which attempts to close the gap between men and women politicians. Stuff.co.nz had an horrendously sexist headline and front page and used scare quotes to talk about Labour's talented list (because, women) but we got through it without invoking 'man ban' too many times.
You know, attempting to make a list gender equitable by making electorate-only MPs overwhelming men (16-5) doesn't scream equality to me.
— AnonyMs (@homecomeexpat) June 23, 2014
Hrumph. If Parliament is ever dominated by women, I'll leave the country and I'll be taking my penis with me. #panicktriarchy
— Keith Ng (@keith_ng) June 23, 2014
Speaker David Carter's #nzqt performance continues to be shockingly bad. He desperately needs remedial lessons with Lockwood.
My son spewed all over me just as #nzqt concluded today, think he summed it up fairly well #nzpol
— Luke Tipoki (@LukeTipoki) June 24, 2014
I thought we had put Colin Craig behind us after last week but then this photo emerged. TVNZ Journo Heather duPlessisAllan makes a very important point. Please make it stop.
How many more of these pictures are there and more importantly WHY?! "@Regan_Gibbons: pic.twitter.com/1J2f2YjBYR"
— Heath duPlessisAllan (@hdpaNEWS) June 24, 2014
We are starting to see more photos being shared on Twitter as it has become more photo-friendly (recently also gif-friendly). @nintendoug continues to provide us with great book covers. He even has a Tumblr page. But this little graphic was gold!
RT @edmuzik: The economy is slowing down! Sacrifice an endangered animal! pic.twitter.com/Pzrz36ojGr #nzpol
— Draco T Bastard (@DracoTBastard) June 25, 2014
The NZ Herald's handling of the Donghua Liu "donations" has been shockingly bad. Or is it really that shocking? There was the 'statement vs. affidavit' mistake, the reporting of John Key's "rumours" as facts, the 'confirmation' of donation to a rowing club, the inability to distinguish between an office party and donation... the list goes on. Twitter people can be so funny. Like this:
And lo, it did turn out that the wild thing asserted as fact did verily turn out to be bullshit, as some had predicted.
— Alex Coleman (@ShakingStick) June 25, 2014
Wait what? I must know more about this:
In just 2 weeks @FedFarmers has gone from "no position on climate change" to talking about "overwhelming scientific consensus". There's hope
— John Hart (@farmgeek) June 26, 2014
Ha ha ha.
John Key had police shutdown teapot tapes media quicker than an Egyptian courtroom. And now he's calling for international press freedom.
— Watershitdown (@watershitdown) June 26, 2014
This should not be surprising. Kiwiblog and David Farrar are not neutral observers. I don't know why people think that.
Can you guess what @dpfdpf thinks about billboard vandalism? Depends on the victim. Lab: http://t.co/3GprmL7KSW Nat: http://t.co/gi3Tt7ir3K
— Peter Green (@pitakakariki) June 26, 2014
And finally, John Key's book. This made me laugh so hard. (If you haven't read Harry Potter, I have judgmental feelings towards you.)
"Is it the final Horcrux?" Question on Trademe auction of new John Key biography. #nzpol #Slithering
— Max Dillon Coyle (@MaxDCoyle) June 26, 2014
10 Rules of Top 10
1. Tweets must be funny or thoughtful or informative or display critical analysis
2. What is funny or thoughtful or informative or display critical analysis is subjective and determined by me.
3. I may provide commentary on the tweet if it particularly strikes my fancy
4. They are not ranked from 1-10
5. Disclosure: I *am* particularly looking to highlight gender and racial minority voices
6. If you want to point me to the direction of a good tweet, please do it!
7. Using the #nzpol/#nzqt/#nzvotes is helpful but not required
8. I hope to get better about this as the weeks progress
9. I am a big fan of correct spelling and grammar (but I know mistakes happen too!)
10. Let's try to use social media for good and raise the level of debate!