Thursday, April 24, 2008

politiks: from the mouth of Dick Cheney: "I have no doubt we are in the midst of a global warming. Or, as I prefer to call it, spring."

well I was going to write about nice pleasant things, like being done with finals, but that was before I read an article about the current race for President 2008....not that I haven't been keeping up with the candidates, but it just seems like it is the same old same old day after day. Turn on Fox News and its contention conversations are in abundance. Ever since romney dropped from the campaign it's been hard to keep my interest because we all know clinton and obama don't even have a platform. I see Clinton attacking Obama and Obama leading a movement online...who can we best trust in the White House? Oh why did Romney leave??

But besides the point, if campaigning and politiking wasn't annoying enough, there is now a technique called "microtargeting": what the heck does that mean? well, the process involves getting all the information (some of it sensitive) from voters so that they can know who you are and try to push your buttons to choose whoever they want. We already know that our lives aren't as private as we think they are, the NSA makes sure of that.

I read in this article that "voters, who have no idea of what campaigns know about them, can be unfairly manipulated." Meaning, that because campaigners know details about voters they can direct specific messages to them based on information such as financial status. "That's troubling, but the real problem with isn't its practice, but the way it embodies how overpolled and overcalculated our elections have become. How can a candidate be great if his or her targets are micro?"

nothing gets my blood boiling like uniformed voters who think they know what they're talking about when they lobby for candidates. For example, Democrats....the only thing they ever say is how current policies are failing, but never suggest alternative solutions. that is no basis for a platform. Why do they vote against when there's nothing they stand for?

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Such a cute blog! I love when people have blogs, it just helps you get to know them better : ) This was such a good post, I need to have Tim read could have been written by him.