democracy might work
- holding a place for australia.gov.au
The .gov.au domain suffix is controlled by the Department of Finance.
The role of media in the federal elections has been largely left open for the mainstream to deliver their usual "election coverage" plus expensive paid for advertising and the predictable corflute wars peppered with some "social media" activity for those who took the trouble to seek it out. There was no focussed online community network building. This is surprising considering the ubiquity of internet connectivity.
All the party candidates have their party's web site loaded with their party's message, predictably similar in promising a particular kind of world in exchange for my vote. None offered interaction beyond a contact form with a plea to join the party, sign up to a newsletter or donate money. Few parties had a web site which was able to offer a direct link from their candidates' pages to that candidates "social media" presence even though many had, at least, a facebook page. Some also had twitter and insta.
Within the "social media" the tone and message of the posts, grams and tweets typically surged between desperate advocacy and troll. There were some viscious attacks laced with disinformation.
Elections could be different!
There is an opportunity to use the internet - that ubiquitous social medium so feared by the mainstream - to build a strong online community network for the each electoral division.
Independent candidates have a lot of support. Party incumbents are losing credibility daily because of their association with failed losers. The field is reduced because the minors whose machinations have cost us so dearly have lost their focus. (But they still have money!)
An online social network for voters in the each electorate can allow interactions to clarify our vision and deliver to our chosen candidate a platform for representing us and a mechanism for interaction through them with our parliament.
Representative democracy requires democratic representation!
If we are to put our trust in a representative we must know they have our will uppermost in their actions.
State elections have produced dismal campaigns with voters knowing that both major parties suffer the same incapacity to engage costituents.
Here's some thoughts on doing democracy in gumbayggirr
Oxley Community is a site created to house a social network but sadly has not attracted a following. It will expire this year.
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