Political Debate Sparks Wave Of New Opinion Websites
9 October 2000 Edition|
It seems that everyone has an opinion on what's wrong, what's right and how
to improve New Zealand. What's more, an increasing number of people are
turning to the Net to voice those opinions.
Richard Poole's email, which was distributed to thousands of Kiwis and ex-pats
around the globe is perhaps the most visible example of this increased
use of the Net to voice an opinion and gather feedback.
Discussion in the nz.politics newsgroup has
also increased significantly as opinions and arguments flow freely.
Of course the web itself has not been left out and a growing number of
new sites have popped up to act as a virtual soapbox.
commentary and opinion from a growing range of contributors but the site
designer needs a good kick up the pants for his mis-use of Java. Those who
are using a non-Java capable browser (like Opera) or are behind a firewall
that automatically blocks applets will find this site completely lacking
any navigation facilities. It's a nice idea but poorly implemented.
Another small site, boldly titled
also offers a sounding board for opinion of what appear to be largely
I expect these sites are just the tip of the iceberg and we will see a growing
number of similar opinion-based online publications appear over coming months.
NZCS Blows Its Own Credibility
When I highlighted the fact that a certain limelighter with decidedly tarnished
connections to ISOCNZ had been nominated by the New Zealand Computer Society
for an award I was inundated with emails expressing disbelief and shock.
Well I'm sure those people will not be surprised to see that the "old-boys
club" is alive and well and that the individual concerned, despite the
fact that he was effectively driven out of ISOCNZ by a lynch mob, has indeed
won the award for which he was nominated.
Check out the story in the news links section below for details.
A Draft Paper On The New Economy
I have knocked up a quick
of a paper that deals with the issues facing NZ's introduction of a "new economy"
and which I'd like to present to government later this month.
Please bear in mind that this isn't the result of an expensive and protracted
government-funded inquiry -- it's a set of definitions and proposed solutions
which I have cobbled together from my own thoughts and those of the many people
who regularly communicate their opinions to me.
I would appreciate it if readers could review the document (sorry it's so big)
and send me their comments so as to improve it.
In order for my representation to government to have maximum effect, I'd also
like to establish my credentials. I like to think that I've freely assisted
quite a few people and businesses in getting their careers and ventures off
the ground or solving some of their problems. If you're one of these people
or businesses I'd appreciate it if you could drop me a brief email today
acknowledging any assistance I might have provided. This isn't an ego-trip --
my goal is to establish that I'm not a politically motivated stirrer -- but
someone who has consistently attempted to do what I can to foster and help
fledgling new economy activities here in New Zealand.
As always, your feedback is welcomed.