I got thinking about this as our on-line polls (Dean & mine) clearly showed the gang of four being the favourites, but as we all know this was not the case after election night? Far from it!
The only thing I can surmise is that there is a cultural divide in our community. We have a large segment of our community that are not well educated who rely on the Herald for not only their local news but on 'guidance' with respect to what their position should be on any particular issue. Then we have those who are more informed and worldly, who use different sources, and see things from different angles, who for all intents and purposes find themselves in the minority.
As I have said before the establishment who hold their noses with respect to the Herald never the less use their willing accomplice, this paper, to reach the ill-informed to push their agenda, which they have successfully done again with this past election.
The big question 'progressives' have to deal with if they ever hope to really change things here in the Pass is how to counter this obstructionist force... this 'rag' of a newspaper that does more of a disservice to this community than a service? How do we reach the ill-informed and misguided who presently look at the Herald as their 'Bible'?
I leave this to my readers to discuss...
... before blogs existed there was only one source for news; the main stream media. There was not a built in system of checks and balances. One of the greatest opportunities we have when collecting information is to use different sources, and see things from different angles.
Blogs and traditional news sources provide a very distinct “they” vs. “us” mentality – with blogs being “us” and MSM being “they”. I do not see this changing for some time.