Some of us do not have/watch tv, and don’t like/read the trashy local newspapers. You cannot rely on media alone to inform us of things.
I was trying to think about how one would ever realize that an election was coming, without watching the local news or reading the local papers. I myself am a self-admitted media whore, so I typically devour that stuff (whether I believe it or not is an entirely different story).
So I tried thinking about any other ways the election has been promoted…
Candidate signs? I suppose those are a hint, but “I didn’t even know an election was CALLED – even though I saw signs everywhere, thinking it was advance campaigning – until someone mentioned it in passing.” I guess they don’t exactly have the date on them…
Internet News? No… that’s just an electronic reprint of the newspapers.
The bajillion flyers that were dropped in mailboxes? I guess a lot of people just throw those out like so much junk mail without actually looking at what’s on them.
Telephone Pollsters? Not everyone gets called. I only got one phone call through the entire campain – usually I end up getting 6 or 7 at least.
Word of Mouth? I guess that all depends on whose mouths you’re listening to.
I’m officially stumped.
Are there any other ways to publicize an election? Should there be? I know a ton of my co-workers had no idea (until I informed them) that they were voting on BC-STV – so obviously the word is just NOT GETTING OUT.
At what point does the issue change from inadequate promotion/publicity/awareness to one of a person’s choice to be ingnorant? (Note: Shiz appears to be far from ignorant – I wish that were the case for so many others I know.)