Missouri Is on Second Life, But Some State Records Are Stuck in Real Life
I thought of Second Life when I read this article about state records online. A study by Sunshine Week found that Missouri provided online records in 11 of the categories surveyed (e.g., school test scores) but that state sites lacked records in nine other categories (e.g., death certificates). Here’s the first sentence of the story:
Most Americans can easily find videos of water skiing squirrels on the Internet, but they’ll have less luck finding out whether their children’s school buses and classrooms are safe, or if neighborhood gas stations are overcharging.
After I spent a few seconds being offended by the notion that the state should decide whether gas stations are “overcharging” and post that spurious claim online, my attention turned to the water-skiing squirrels. Water-skiing as a squirrel sounds like something you could do on Second Life. Maybe state employees could put a few more records online while they water-ski?