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Editorial: Live streaming

Posted: July 26, 2018 1:21 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

We are pleased to see Kershaw County Council moving forward with looking into live streaming its meetings.

It’s not so much that live streaming is the “way of the future,” although it is an effective and fairly inexpensive tool for airing an event in real time for people who for whatever reasons are not able to attend said event in person. In fact, private citizens -- most notably former county councilman Bobby Gary -- have been live streaming council meetings for some time.
Will this be the answer, the end all be all, for folks who say they just can’t make it to government meetings?

Of course not; in fact, we tend to believe that if people won’t come to a meeting, they probably won’t watch in on TV or their computers, either. But at least they have the option, and by extrapolation, they have less of an excuse for not being informed or not participating.

But whether or not people watch a live stream broadcast is not the salient point. What is important is the fact that council is willing to make the extra effort to make meetings more accessible and convenient -- and that ultimately translates to greater transparency.

That’s a good attitude to take and a better message to send.

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