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Demons of Democracy

"What should we do?", "Where do we go?", "Who's the best?". The best idea we've come up with as a species is democracy (so some argue, as do I). It's answer to those hard questions?
Let's vote.
Ever hear the joke about the three world leaders in a flaming plane? No? Here goes.
Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ferdinand Marcos were on a plane that was going down in flames. They scrounged around and found one parachute.
"I'm the leader of the largest country in the world" said Gorby, "I should have the parachute!".
Reagan disagreed of course. "I'm the leader of the free world. I should be the one who gets the parachute!"
Marcos said, "Let's vote".
Marcos won 18-2.
It's the same thing in real life. Whether it's the Academy Awards or the Presidential Elections, politics drags all good intent through piles of dirt.
The latest fiasco? <a href="http://www.fairvue.com/?feature=awards2003">The Bloggies</a>. They're the awards given out to weblogs and online ramblings much like this one (only better).
So <a href="http://www.centrs.com/">someone</a> complained about the fairness of the judging, <a href="http://thinkdink.com/">one of the judges</a> admitted to some campaigning going on within the judging circle, a <a href="http://www.asmallvictory.net/">high-profile contender</a> pulled out of the contest to escape the hullabaloo and <a href="http://www.centrs.com/archives/000224.html">all hell</a> breaks loose. Everyone gets hurt and the online world falls divided. In the meantime, Disney Corporation holds Mickey hostage and denies us (online users) access to our own culture, giving us the <a href="http://www.tribolum.com/images/posts/walt_eldred.html" onclick="window.open('http://www.tribolum.com/images/posts/walt_eldred.html', 'popup', 'width=410,height=364,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0'); return false">thumbs-up</a> (link not suitable for minors) while we squabble amongst ourselves.
I'm actually going to meet quite a number of these people at <a href="http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/">SXSWi</a>. Hope it doesn't turn into an all-out brawl.

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