Today’s shutdown story is all about party politics, and any public opinion poll will tell you it’s terrible PR for the representatives responsible (in the abstract, at least). But our readers should appreciate the fact that communications teams at almost every publicly funded organization in the country had a job to do today: let everyone know how this stupid melodrama will affect their operations.
Let’s review how some of them did it and what it means.
No more awesome intergalactic Instagram:
Sorry, but we won’t be tweeting/responding to replies during the government shutdown. Be back as soon as possible. http://t.co/qIx8cigrnb
— NASA (@NASA) October 1, 2013
No more lines at the Air and Space Museum:
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) October 1, 2013
No more PandaCam:
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) October 1, 2013
No more non-answers to licensing queries:
We’re sorry, but FCC will not be tweeting or responding to @ replies during the government shutdown
— The FCC (@FCC) October 1, 2013
No more internal “I probably shouldn’t eat these Doritos; I work for the USDA” debates:
Due to the lapse in federal government funding this channel will not be updated until the federal government reopens.
— USDA Food Safety (@USDAFoodSafety) October 1, 2013
No dirty hippies testing the quality of your local water supply or regulating your least favorite energy company:
The federal government is currently shut down.
— U.S. EPA (@EPA) October 1, 2013
No more researching your senior thesis on post-Depression economics:
As of Oct. 1, Library of Congress closed until further notice. Events canceled, most web sites inaccessible http://t.co/pW55mRaAG2
— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) October 1, 2013
No chasing bears around Yosemite, which totally kills today’s Google Doodle:
@phaneritic Tioga Road will remain open for through traffic, but no stopping inside the park (such as parking+hiking) will be permitted.
— Yosemite National Pk (@YosemiteNPS) October 1, 2013
No more of the world’s most tedious press releases:
We’re sorry, but we will not tweet or respond to @ replies during the government shutdown. We’ll be back as soon as possible!
— USA.gov (@USAgov) October 1, 2013
This is obviously a serious matter, but we kind of wish they’d had more fun with it. The dumb jokes write themselves.
Breaking: new season of Homeland will continue to jump the shark on schedule.
— Patrick Coffee (@PatrickCoffee) October 1, 2013