All will be revealed today, as the much vaunted Internet Party launches itself into----probably oblivion! Yes, it may well attract a sector of the populace that spends most of its time, hidden away inn bedrooms, coming out only for substance and water, probably ordered over the internet, then disappearing into their ‘caves’ to interact with avatars or other imaginary reality perspectives. Come Election Day, they will possibly drag themselves out of their lairs, look outside then go back to their hideaways, thinking that they have voted just by being online and having earlier paid the huge sum of NZ$1.29 for three years membership to the new party. Given their distorted take on reality, they will feel most satisfied that they are supporting freedom on the net, whatever the hell that means and that they will be able to access anything they wish, without the big eye of the State interfering with their lives.
I know---many of you are calling ne a misinformed cynical old bastard who knows nothing about the internet and I have to admit that you are not totally wrong in your surmise about my skill in the area under discussion. However, I take a much wider view of life and I tend to look towards parties who take the ‘whole picture’ of how life presents itself and I have little respect for a party that seeks to subvert the spirit of MMP and slides into Parliament on the coattails of another party. Of course, some in that party are now having second thoughts about the ramifications of such an unholy alliance. It seems that some in that party have principles and wish nothing to do with the Internet party.
There is of course the other issues---the founder and doyen of the Internet party can’t even stand; thereby ‘ruling’ from a distance,’ calling upon his minions to visit him in his ostentatious palace in in a green part of Auckland, most likely making all the moves via---what else---the internet. God forbid such a future for New Zealand if his ideas ever take hold.
I do wish KDC well of course once he heads on back to the USA to face possibly spurious charges against his person, and for the fact that he has at least raised the bar re the debate about internet freedom and the right of hose using it to be relatively free from undue surveillance. There--- I think I have been fair to the ideals of this ‘much-loved’ young man.