Friday, January 18, 2008

Are We Preaching To The Choir?

Not everyone reads blogs. What's obvious to us, is sometimes quite hard to understand for others, especially if they don't spend much time online. We hear that Ezra Levant's videos were viewed over 320,000 times and we think we're getting the word out. Meanwhile, an assistant to a federal Conservative Member of Parliament was quite surprised to receive a few emails from his constituents complaining about the HRC. He couldn't figure out whether this was just a blanket complaint or whether HRC was recently in the news. (It sure was, but that guy doesn't listen to No Apologies and he doesn't watch videos on YouTube.) So he asked for his colleagues to help him shed some light on what this issue might be about.

As Al Siebring describes it - we are preaching to the choir:
While the Internet is becoming a very interesting place for people of like mind to share information, it is also keeping various parts of our society from truly talking to one another. Conservatives, Christians, libertarians, and other free speech advocates can write insightul blog entries till the cows come home. And through the technology of trackbacks and "links" we can be inspired by each other's brilliant posts for days on end. We can even email the stuff we really like to our friends. But in the end, we're operating in a closed circle. We've created an online ghetto, and all the rhetorical and polemic brilliance in the world ends up being nothing more than "preaching to the choir."
Online ghetto seems to be better description than preaching to the choir. After all, when we needed pro-lifers from all across Canada to get on Facebook and vote for the wish to abolish abortion at the Great Canadian Wish List contest, we did manage to get nearly 10,000 supporters in a little over a month, winning the contest and getting the desired CBC coverage (at 7:30 AM on Canada Day morning). But as we can see, spreading the word online is not enough to reach out to our elected officials - even if many of them now have their own website or their own group on Facebook.

So what could be done about it? What steps should be taken to denormalize the freedom-snatching commissions and press the legislators to abolish them? As a first step, since we still have such ignorant assistants to our MPs, No Apologies has compiled a list of the "issues" plaguing these commissions (in plain text and MS Word formats). So if your MP doesn't bother to read the blogs - you could easily mail or fax it to him.

But that would be just a baby step. The real step forward would be to actually start working on the SoCon Daily; on a full-scale newspaper or a radio station to broadcast the Social Conservative message. We have the No Apologies, we have the Life Site, as well as the Life News, along with other pro-life websites and plenty of pro-life bloggers. We need to start working together, forming a strong Social Conservative media outlet, so our voices could be heard outside of the online ghetto.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Islamofascist-Dhimmi Axis Assault on Free Speech

Muslims Against Sharia are proud to be the first Muslim group to publicly support Ezra Levant and denounce HRC inquisition.

Proceedings against Ezra Levant are nothing short of ridiculous. HRC legitimizes radicals' claims that Islam cannot be criticized and Freedom of Speech only applies to radical Muslims.

But Ezra Levant is not alone. The latest casualties of Islamofascist-Dhimmi Axis Assault on Free Speech include Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, Fouad al-Farhan, Joe Kaufman, Alexander Sdvizhkov, Mark Steyn, and TomaShot. Are you going to be next?