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No, this is not about the Olympic Games, though those probably best illustrate how aggressive anyone’s claim to acclaim can get.
This is about elections.
Long ago, when newspapers preceded radio which preceded TV, each voter would ponder their choice of candidate and party following a careful inner process known as critical thinking. Each eligible voter would make a decision based on what they observed of each candidate, based on what they determined for themselves about each candidate, based on what coincided best with their own values and beliefs.
Now, in the social media era, critical thinking is unnecessary in the choosing of a candidate/party to vote for. Now, the only thing necessary in choosing how to vote, is something best done by the birds. It is called tweeting.
So that now, voting is for the birds.
These days there is an electoral campaign going on that has far more scope and importance than Quebec elections set for September 4th. And most of the people who will be voting in that, a) don’t know anything about a September 4th election, b) don’t know which parties are running in the Quebec election, and, especially, c) don’t know where Quebec is located.
But no matter. All elections, big or little, important or not, are now for the birds and their tweets.
Here in Quebec, the incumbent has invited his opponents to a radio debate. This invitation was turned down by one of the opponents. She said she doesn’t speak enough English to enter into an English-radio debate. She doesn’t care that she won’t claim to be acclaimed in any and all debates offered. She could, and did, turn down what would have, in the past, been an opportunity to present herself well to her electorate. She’s leading in the polls anyway. Who needs a debate when there is such glam in the kingdom of twitter?
And who needs to make up their own mind about how to vote when anybody can vote exactly the same as their 2,000 facebook friends? Why bother thinking about your vote, when you can go with drones who click a “like” button?
One day, all politicians will run their entire campaigns on social media alone and the entire electorate will be expected to vote only on social media as well.
I guess I'd better vote now, while I still can, before the time when my social media reticence effectively removes me from the electoral list ...
Ever bother, anymore, with reruns of Star Trek Voyager on the Space channel? I did, the other day, when a bout with pain got me sofa-bound. And got me remembering that indeed, the Borg Collective is going to prevail, at the end, and that, yes, resistance is futile. Science fiction notwithstanding, at the end of this, claim to acclaim will not even exist, as there will only be one “collective” and no “choice”.
God grant me the dignity to die still claiming the right for freedom to be acclaimed!
Of all known institutions, I attend only two: church, in my heart, and school, in yours. Both are subject to demolition. - Lucie Adams, 2007
It is only for poetry to know how many stanzas fit into one caress. - Lucie Adams, 2008