I've held off saying anything on this blog about the elections, but its time to offer a few SB-relevant words in response to the sad aftermath that has now prompted Democrats to point their fingers at each other. Arianna Huffington weighs in on "the message" that the Democrats chose to go with, saying it should have been Iraq over the economy. Here's what I know (and the relevance to our Shifting Baselines project). My friends in Kansas, where I'm from, say, "It doesn't matter what they say, we just don't like these people who are running the Democratic party."
The party, like too many major organizations, has morphed into an advertising agency, spending ALL of its efforts on trying to figure how out to manipulate the public rather than creating something for the public to believe in. That is what advertising agencies do. And who wants to believe in an advertising agency? In a similar manner, if environmental organizations want to develop a following, it is essential that they devote plenty of their time to developing ideas that the public can believe in, rather than studying the public in hopes of figuring out how to manipulate them into joining the cause.
Posted by Randy Olson at November 15, 2004 08:26 AM
Arianna Huffington joins the Post-Election Blame Game.