I’ve been in the newspapers yesterday and today, relating to the BIAW forum. I’ll post a better post on this later, but I thought it important to provide some context for the quotes in todays RG. The quotes stand quite well by themselves, but anyone wanting to get a fuller idea of my thoughts on the subject may read my full reply to the RG below.
First off, the RG approached me yesterday, in reaction to the Sun’s article on the subject. As one of the few individuals that posted on BIAW with my real name, they were going to quote from my post, which is, of course, fine.
They also asked me if I’d be willing to answer two questions, (1) what did I think of Dr Brown’s response to BIAW; and (2) does the BIAW forum have any value?
(1) I completely understand Dr Brown’s response, I think he has every right to regard that forum with a degree of contempt now.
(2) I think BIAW had the potential to be a valuable forum, in encouraging a frank exchange of ideas across diverse political postions.
But it was always dominated by very conservative and mostly White males, and in many ways they seemed to close-ranks and squeezed out a lot of alternative voices (to conservative White male Bermuda). And its gotten increasingly so, especially since the election.
While there’s been some criticism of the new government, it’s been nothing compared to how it [the forum] savaged the PLP and PLPers.
If it has a value today, it is to provide a window into the psyche of conservative White male Bemuda.
That’s not without its merit. They are part of Bermuda, it is important to be aware of their views.
But it is totally eclipsed today, in my opinion, by the news media that allow comments and, especially, Facebook, notably the two main political threads, BE2012 and the OBA thread.
Almost all of the posters on the FB threads post with their real names, and it hasn’t prevented frank exchanges. If anything I think it has enhanced debate.
The old blogs and forums are not really relevant anymore, although the two forums, Sucks and BIAW, will continue to limp on. Of the blogs there’s only a few still going…