Damien Blake, first speaker in the politicians round table: “I have three objectives: connecting with local people; helping people with local services; and to lend support to local events, and my secret fourth objective, is that I have more traffic that my brother’s bebo site. It’s a bit freaky when you put your name in Google and it comes up on the top, especially when you are on as low a level as I am. Within fifteen minutes of enabling the comments someone had a dig at me for a particular. I had a few choices, take it down, or take out the swear words and leave it up. It is important that if someone has a go at you then you have to let it stand.” Counter it with facts, not slander.
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Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty