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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 23rd, 2018 · 7 Comments

Wishing all my readers a wonderful Christmas and happy, prosperous and healthy New Year!  🙂

It has been an “eventful” 2018 … personally, politically and powerfully, for both me and everyone else who is part of the blogosphere.

The mainstream media are worried and many have tried to put down the importance of the blogosphere and social media. But they have missed a BIG story … the impact WE have on events: and the powers in charge (politics, business, advertising and community organizations) are all coming to understand.

The latest example: the defeat of the referendum effort to change our voting system. Let’s keep it real: the MSM was lop-sided with government (NDP/Green) pro-pr stories, interviews, propaganda … because it was handed to them regularly the easy way they now like their “news” …. on a platter of statements, press conferences, talking heads etc.

But it was in the blogosphere that “the people” spoke, debated pro and con and many sounded the alarm bells, concerns and even posed better alternatives.

And a majority of those who voted …listened and agreed!

It was the same in many other areas: civic politics, provincial policies, federal fights and even international pressures and issues. The REAL peoples’ voices were NOT expressed in the increasingly position-pushing media … right and left … but in social media, where EVERYONE can have a voice … and convince others.

 No doubt those in power will watching, reading and following the blogosphere and social media even more in 2019.

So let’s keep it going … and hopefully even more will add their voices, information and thoughts to ponder.

But first .. I’m going cruising … LOL!!

Back blogging mid January.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Harv O

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 13 // Dec 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Merry Christmas to you Harvey and everyone that posts or lurks on Keeping it Real. Your blog is head and shoulders above and ahead of the pablum that your old alma mater dishes out every night at 6pm

  • 2 Gary T // Dec 23, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Merry Christmas Harvey. Looking forward to reading you in the new year.

  • 3 BMCQ // Dec 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Merry Xmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year Harvey!

    The same Best Wishes to almost (just kidding) all other Participants and Readers of your Blog!

    You Perform a Great Public Service, your Time and Efforts are very much appreciated!

    Have a Wonderful Cruise and continued Good Health.

  • 4 e.a.f. // Dec 23, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and have a great healthy time on the cruise.

    Thank you for all the work you do to keep us informed. The blogs these days are where we pick up a great deal of news and without them, we would all be missing out on a great deal of news.

    See you next year and again thank you for all the work you do. e.a.f.

  • 5 G. Barry Stewart // Dec 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

    And back at you, Harvey.

    Thank you for your efforts in keeping this blog going. It’s the only one I know of that attracts such a broad spectrum of viewpoints.

    Thanks for your refereeing and responses; without them, the conversations would, I suspect, devolve into the war of words seen in most unpoliced forums.

    (I looked it up… ‘forums’ is now as acceptable as ‘fora.’)

    (Response: Keeping up with all the politically correct jargon and acceptable jargons could be quite a conundrum ..or should I say conundra (?) if I cared about being politically correct at all! 🙂 h.o)

  • 6 Diverdarren // Dec 24, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Hoping you have a Merry Christmas and a terrific new year. The community you’ve created in this corner of the web, the robust debate and longevity speaks volumes to the quality of what you’re doing on the blog.

    I searched around the net to find any reporting on the answer to the question, does blogging do anything, or is it just a valve to vent?

    Not much out there to help with an answer. Plenty about the corporate blogs. Business sees it as a marketing tool. But, there’s less info on political blogs.

    I’d guess it comes down to the inner workings of political parties, governments and agencies. Do they dedicate resources and man-hours to scouring blogs, reporting back on trends, and responding?

    Hmmmm…. I’m sure one in that army of personnel an Corporate Communication in Vancouver City Hall is tasked with that chore.

    (Response: I am aware from people I know personally and others in media, government and business that this blog and the comments and discussions … pro and con on issues … are monitored and paid attention to .. esp prior to elections etc. and I suspect there will be more of that now in view of the referendum results and the discussions held … and widely read …here. The views and the power of the “real” people these days are expressed more in blog discussions and on social media than in mainstream media …which has unfortunately increasingly become VERY politically, ideologically and corporate directed and slanted. h.o.)

  • 7 Marge // Dec 24, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Harvey and to all who read your blog avidly. I am off to celebrate my 41st wedding anniversary (yes we married Christmas Eve). Looking forward to your blog in January. Happy cruising.

    (Response: Congratulations! Enjoy! h.o)