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Some EU bloggers, from time to time, tend to promote the use of Web 2.0 tools – social media – to develop a so-called European online public space.

Web 2.0 EU Bullshit Generator

Actually, they are easily recognizable for using that kind of expressions which I extracted directly from the Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator:

  • “post semantic weblogs”
  • “engage A-list mashups”
  • “tag rss-capable web services”
  • “engage user-contributed network effects”

(I invite you to try it. It is a very funny tool to play with.)

In any case, I would say that these EU bloggers are partially wrong.

The gap between the EU institutions and European citizens won’t be filled thanks through technology. The problem doesn’t come from the medium. Actually, it comes from the inherent lack of interest of the European citizens. One of the reasons is certainly the way member states which didn’t do their job into educating the European citizen and better promoting EU activities and policies.

Believe me, I have nothing against this bunch of idealist eurogeeks (and I hope not to have offended anyone). They should just tackle the problem differently. Any idea? Talk to the citizen in real life. There’s no other way I’m afraid to convert someone to the EU.

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