|by Nick Charney|
By now you – if you are a federal public servant – you are likely familiar with the (infamous?) ‘Harperman’ YouTube video. If you aren't, feel free to read any of the following (and I'm sure I missed some):
- Folksinger to folk hero: 'Harperman' makes PS an election issue
- Union says suspended 'Harperman' scientist has same charter rights as all Canadians
- Letters: Three views on political protest song Harperman
- Ottawa vs. Springfield. When life imitates The Simpsons
- ‘Harperman’ protest song singer could make role of an impartial civil service into an election issue
- Harperman case: Can public servants be political activists?
- Donald Savoie: Duffy trial reveals how public service 'lost its way' (mentions the issue at the end of the interview)
- This isn't actually all that newsworthy, especially to those outside the Ottawa bubble; blame journalism's broken business model that rewards emotive, sensationalistic reporting and our propensity for scandal.
- The attention brought on by the investigation made this more of a story than it should have been; blame the Streisand effect.
- None of this would be possible without the Internet; blame Vint Cerf.
Basically - the web is acting as a solvent to some of Westminster's oldest conventions (in this case non-partisanship and anonymity). All that said, Daniel Blouin posted a series of Tweets about the issue from his own perspective, I've assembled them in a storify that I've embedded below. It's worth reading.