Saturday, April 30, 2011

Deciding with Metrics :-)



With Canadian’s going to the polls this coming Monday, many are still confused about for whom to vote. In as all the leaders will say whatever it is you wish to hear, or rather say nothing at all , I thought we be more scientific as to have this decided on something they can’t change to your liking; that being their own innate talent. So based solely on musical aptitude which leader would you prefer (a) Stephen Harper (Conservative),(b) Jack Layton (NDP), (c) Michael Ignatieff (Liberal) or (d) Elizabeth May (Green Party).

I must admit that at first I wasn’t going to have Elizabeth May given as an option. That is not as the network did in leaving her out of the televised national debate without giving proper reason. No rather it was in this case not being able to find something where her voice could be distinguished from the others. Here she is found being the second person from the left. However, upon giving it further thought, that as to how much the Greens believe in the value of harmony I have included her here as well.

Of course the true metric which will have this decided are the eligible voters themselves as George Bernard Shaw reminded:

"Democracy is a device which assures we shall be governed no better than we deserve" :-)



5 comments:

Plato said...
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Plato said...

Hi Phil,

There is no mistaking the undertones.....and these speak pretty clearly as to the choice of songs selected....especially since we shall partake of communication everyday.

Best,

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Plato,

Well I don’t know what you detect as being the undertones. However, the overtone was to have this in contrast with the mean spiritedness that has been the overwhelming one. That is to bemoan the loss of the days when things were more about aspirations and issues, as opposed to the abilities of each to slander one another.

As for my selections, I welcome clickable alternatives as I know you’re quite familiar with the required HTML:-) That is despite I finding Jack’s and Elizabeth’s quite nice, as they reflecting my roots, also Steven’s as I’m a big fan of the Beatles and yet most of all Michael’s as although I have little faith in all politicians, I still believe in Santa Claus.

All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems -- problems that are quite above the average citizen's reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best.

-Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain),"The Privilege of the Grave”, New Yorker Magazine (1905)

Best,

Phil

Plato said...

Hi Phil,

In layman terms then, you sound frustrated :)Undertones, overtones.:) Politics is just not playing your song, what ever song choice there is.

You believe in a social justice....then who really cares....if you can't hear what they are saying?

Best,

Plato said...

Hi Phil,

You may have been right about the metrics possibly being in html?

McLuhan explains technological determinism as it relates to media.

"the printing press, the computer, and television are not therefore simply machines which convey information. They are metaphors through which we conceptualize reality in one way or another. They will classify the world for us, sequence it, frame it, enlarge it, reduce it, argue a case for what it is like. Through these media metaphors, we do not see the world as it is. We see it as our coding systems are. Such is the power of the form of information." [70]