Elections are moments of truth- when we get as close as we can to really hearing what other people are thinking, albeit as a collective. And one of the more interesting things I've heard from this election was the general feeling (except from some Green party members) that having the Green Party in government could only be a good thing.
Lucinda McNally sent me this email interview as part of her postgraduate thesis research. It's long so you can use the More link to read it all, if you like how it starts to shape up. The best stuff is near the end, so I know you'll all be clicking like goodo.
Lucinda McNally is writing a thesis on the impact of blogging on the Irish Election. She sent me a set of questions, which I'll reproduce later today with her blessing, together with my answers. She also sent me a second set of brass tacks questions, suggested after a meeting with a supervisor cynical about blogs.
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Well, Eoin's call on RTE to let us use the footage of the leader's debates has been turned down. The reason given?"The view has been taken that it would not be prudent for RTÉ to waive its rights to the migration of the debates to other sites. "Use of the passive voice, (the functionary's friend), and a reference to purdence, but no real explanation of why it might be imprudent.