I can understand being old(er) and cranky(ish) , but there is a way of doing it with style. So I suggest we raise the bar of Canadian Political Discourse to a level of a more poetic tone with literary devices & techniques. From a Media Literacy point of view, it is best if we keep in mind that engaging news reporters directly in a confrontational manner will get you mass media exposure, wanted or not. Furthermore, it is worthwhile to recognize that as we move half way through the first decade of the 21st century, that mass media includes a multiplicity of platforms and that by engaging in a direct conversation with news reporters you turn yourself into media content; any form of mass media may now have access to your words and image. You have entered into the Implied Space of contemporary mass media. Try not to embarrass your family, friends, community or country,…… please.
For those visitors unfamiliar with the current Canadian election, a bit of background
- We have recently acquired a fixed election date, supposedly to create fairness to all candidates and political parties.
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper chose to request the Governor General to drop the writ(sort of) .
- This initiated one of the longest election campaigns in Canadian history.
- The length offers the Conservative party some advantage, in that they have a larger treasure chest than other parties.
- Currently, there is a court case involving Conservative Senator Mike Duffy and an issue of fraud.
- A significant element to this case is how Senator Duffy re-paid money ( $90,000 ) – where the money actually came from, what agreements were made to guarantee this payment and how many individuals within the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) were aware of the facts, including the Prime Minister. This has altered the flow of the election campaign.
Naturally, there are daily revelations on the witness stand. The reporters following the Prime Minister on the election trail ( or is it trial ) will ask questions trying to get Harper to make a statement about the most recent court statement. At a recent Conservative campaign stop in Toronto Ontario there was a bit of a fracas. First a Tory supporter tried to shout down a reporter asking the Prime Minister a trial related question. Prime Minister Harper had to quiet down the supporter. After the presentation, a Tory supporter then engaged reporters in a conversation in which he took umbrage with their media reporting of the Duffy issue ” making an issue out of nothing ….. a nothing, a zero”.
He went on further to comment on the reporter’s personal character. Conservative security eventually escorted the gentleman away . When the reporters requested that he identify himself, he refused, but offered further instructions/directions to them as he left. Of course in the age of the internet this individual’s behaviour and statements were seen as comedy gold.
( Warning- Offensive Language)
- Raw Video of Harper Supporter Yelling at Reporters
- Harper Supporter becomes a Meme
- Internet Re-constructs Reality with Angry Old Harper Supporter
meaning of words shift –
questions slip, become answers,
aces up the sleeve,
slight of hand hides truth in hat
What’s Up Doc ? Wascally Wabbits !