Holy sh@$ this thing is getting ugly.
Mostly thanks to the Big Red Smear Machine, which is particularly vile here in BC. The Liberal Team BC website (refuse to link to it) reads like Frank magazine lately. And it's only going to get worse as the Liberals keep tanking out west. Yuck.
But candidates are getting smoked by their skeletons across party lines and throughout the country. Just today there were four more casualties.
The internet has bitten a lot of people in the ass in the past few weeks. If it didn't directly provide the dirt, then it helped fan the flame for every fallen candidate. Yup, blogs and social networking sites, the power-tools of democratic expression, are flexing their might.
While parties spent a lot of resources this time around creating interesting web-2.0-y ways to connect to voters (the Orange Room is, hands-down, the coolest btw - notaleader.ca is just weird and Scandalpedia is severely lame), there is a general consensus that more attention could have been paid to researching one's own candidates and their online identities.
No party gets out of this one unscathed though. Except the fringe parties. Who no one cares about unless they have a candidate who is overwhelmingly unpleasant in a well-documented way. But the Conservatives, New Democrats, and the Liberals all have fallen soldiers.
I'm willing to cut them some slack however, because candidate vetting in the Age of the Internet is a whole new ballgame. It's not as simple as just googling candidates. It is nearly impossible to go through every dark corner, every blog post, every discussion board, and every facebook group looking for dirt on 308 people. Especially in a snap election situation. And nobody seemed to predict how severe a weapon the internet was going to be (except an unnamed friend of mine who thinks the internet is evil and needs to be taken down, and would be really upset with me for referring to him on the internet, even in an unnamed way).
Regardless, the internet is here to stay and politics is going to have to adapt. Total lunatics used to be able to run in ridings where they had no shot of winning because the media wouldn't care. Well, no more.
This election has proven that there is a microscope over every single one of us now. It's a shame because it will likely deter even those with a very clean history from running. And we will probably end up with a higher percentage of crazies because one has to be either super-squeaky-clean or bat-sh@$ insane to be a candidate in the Age of the Internet.
But that is something to worry about next time we all meet to practice democracy for five weeks or so. Lesson learned. So, for the remainder of this election, unless someone is a fricken' serial killer, can we have the national MSM just stick to the issues?
Except for that Liberal guy who billed the government for Liberal campaigning. The MSM should totally nail him.
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