Cowper in the Cloud
- holding a place for cowper.gov.au
Invitation to participate
The .gov.au domain suffix is controlled by the Department of Finance.
The role of media in the federal election campaign was largely left open for the mainstream to deliver their usual "election coverage" plus expensive paid for advertising and the predictable corflute wars.
This was 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 had 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. Apart from Caz4Cowper, whose web site was her own, none were able to offer any direct link from their party's page to their Cowper "social media" presence even though they all had, at least, a facebook page.
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.
The 2025 election 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 Cowper electoral division.
We can elect an independent candidate. The incumbent is losing credibility daily because of their assocatiation with the failed losers. The field will perhaps be reduced because the minors whose machinations cost us so dearly have already lost their focus.
An online social network for voters in the Cowper 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.
Meanwhile the state election in 2023 was a disappontment for Oxley: see Oxley Community
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