Since the rise of the blogs as a forum for discussion of Bermudian politics, it has been obvious that the discourse has been largely lopsided – anti-PLP. This is the case be it on overtly anti-PLP sites, officially neutral forums and overtly pro-PLP sites (such as this one and what was Progressive Minds). In the minds of many the active posters are overwhelmingly thought of as middle-aged White males. There are of course exceptions, and the number of pro-PLP voices and racial/gender diversity has increased as the blogs increased in popularity. And it is not possible for me to tell how much the active posters correlate with those that read the blogs but do not post.
This question – about diversifying the blogs – is not a new one, and was asked way back in the Limey In Bermuda era.
It can be hard being a pro-PLP site, as what’s the point in just reposting Party statements? To be pro-PLP but also have a discussion going requires one to be a critical and independent pro-PLPer, and not everyone is comfortable with that, especially with the historic tactics of divide and conquer plus manipulation that have haunted the progressive labour movement.
Also, the dominant anti-PLP discourse could I guess be rather intimidating for new bloggers, and this may especially be the case when the discussion inevitably gets to race and emotions get heated. And then there is the possibility that people just don’t know about the blogs – however they have had increasing mention in the printed media, especially with the launch of Bermuda JEWEL, and this may help encourage new voices to join the discussion. Will this happen and can it be sustained? I don’t know.
Anyone care to offer some ideas on this recurring topic?