Comment 37126

By Whoosh (anonymous) | Posted January 19, 2010 at 14:35:29

Oh, shame on the whole damned world.

Conditions have changed and it's not just that everyone is too stupid to get it but us. Due to the growth of media influence, a lot of it pre-dating the slide into the "information" age, most electors have more (media-related) contact with the party leaders than they do with their own, local, so-called representatives. It's not a recent observation that leaders get the locals elected, not the other way around. The fact that parliament wasn't designed to work that way simply points to how ineffectual that fossilized institution has become.

More people are engaged by celebrity news than political news. They turn to late-night TV comics for opinion commentary rather than to the grey pages of newspapers. A good tune or video affects our lives more directly than any paliamentary backbencher. I feel good during and after watching MTV. After reading my MPP's monthly mailing I feel mostly disaffected.

The game has changed. No point in reviewing the old rules.

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