Spotted in today’s Ottawa Citizen: Max Valiquette, head honcho at Youthography in Toronto (“We eat, sleep and breathe youth culture like no other agency on the continent” – helped put together the stupid.ca campaign), was speaking to “a bunch of old, grey haired white guys” (read: senior execs in the federal bureaucracy) about why young people don’t connect with the idea of working for the man public service.
He said the government has many strikes against it. It’s a big, slow, rules-bound hierarchy, and it’s not going to attract anyone with the pay. Young people don’t connect to government and can’t fathom many departments would actually forbid employees from using Facebook, “the most important networking technology in their lives” at work. They expect to have control over their lives, rather than work under the thumb of top-down government.
It’s OK, Max. I work for the silly service myself, and I can’t fathom why we aren’t allowed to use Facebook either. But on the bright side, it’s not being actively blocked here (yet).