Only fifteen weeks to go! Hard to believe but the election many of us have been yearning for … and others are no doubt dreading …. is now soooo close.
Of course the campaign has already begun … with positions staked … or avoided, with photo ops … or staying in hiding as much as possible, and with what will soon be a never-ending list of promises and press conferences and appearances on mainstream media by political leaders, aspiring MLAs and even those sometimes very shy cabinet ministers.
But THIS TIME the BC election will be different.
The blogosphere is here, the “people” have a louder voice than ever before …. and social networking now reaches MORE people than all of BC’s mainstream media put together!
Woe to any politician who fails to realize that … or recognize the influence YOU will now wield, right here and on other blogs, websites and social networks.
Of course, this new reality brings new responsibilities as well as increased influence or power.
Unlike so many of the mainstream media reporters, pundits and editorialists, WE will not toss only puffy questions to politicians/parties we secretly support but ferocious grilling to those we oppose: we will demand answers from them all and serve our readers/participants … not any advertisers or corporate owners. Or public or private union bosses either.
The aim of Keeping it Real (unlike some blogs that a clearly one-sided and highly partisan) will be to play a unique, open role in raising populist issues and allowing leaders, politicians and supporters of ALL the parties reach out DIRECTLY to the voters with their answers to concerns and points we all raise on here.
And what many politicians already know …. but may surprise some readers … is that circulation of Keeping it Real is NOT limited to the many tens of thousands who directly access this website: I have allowed several other community websites to republish the contents free of charge, resulting in province-wide distribution of issues raised.
THAT is the power of the blogosphere.
And in BC’s May provincial election … OUR role on here will be a very important one!
Good to be back.