If nothing else, a hastily launched blog can speak to a moment in time.
This weekend, local street artist devotee Conrad Benner launched Nutterbook, which highlights the more memorable comments on Mayor Michael Nutter’s Facebook page. Simple enough that it might be confused with the inane, instead, Nutterbook is a fun way to follow a communication tool still in its infancy, said Benner, 26, who also runs StreetsDept.com, dubbed the ‘Huffington Post of Philly street art‘ and made famous for following a subway ‘yarn-bombing.’
Visit Nutterbook here.
“Mr. Nutter is, I believe, the first sitting [Philadelphia] mayor to have a Facebook page, and it’s fun to watch this new forum for democracy take its baby steps,” said Benner, who works as a social media manger for a local ad agency. “I’m sure this is not what the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Facebook page will look like in 15 years, if there even is still a Facebook.”
From non sequiturs like a professed Nutter family member leaving his phone number and asking for a call back to the outrageous and downright spammy, Benner, who says he has been commenting himself on Nutter’s Facebook page for months, says that while many of the less constructive comments appear to be the norm of higher-volume, potentially partisan web traffic, there might be a lesson for the mayor’s communications staff.
“I think it might be interesting for the mayor, or his people, to interact with some of these more serious commenters however,” said Benner, a Fishtown native who attended the Community College of Philadelphia for a few semesters before pursuing other interests. “Right now Mr. Nutter seems to be using the platform to broadcast news and information, but it would be interesting, and potentially very benificial for him, to interact with the commenters. They are, after all, citizens of Philadelphia and potential voters. Perhaps he should see this as a modern day public forum.”
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