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Sex, Drugs and Stephen Harper: a Top Ten List

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This blog was launched in the Spring of 2012, but sat dormant until the U.S. Presidential election. The morning after Barrack Obama’s victory, I rattled off a quick satirical jab at the morose Fox News election night coverage. Boom! A day later, I had an audience.

In the years since I’ve come to see how an item can actually “go viral”, erupting through referrals and re-tweets, attracting readers. The popularity of an item typically reflects the currency of an issue, but it still surprises me.

The articles which mean the most to me are those which touch on topics I care about, or which please me as pieces of writing. They are seldom “popular” however, and that’s fine. My haiku is doomed to an audience of about five people, apparently. So be it.

With any creation, there is a chasm between he who creates it and the audience which finds it. The audience moves to what it cares about, not what the writer cares about. These are the pieces which have drawn the widest audience at Think Anew Act Anew. Just click on the titles to link to the stories.

1    JIAN GHOMESHI AND THE SQUADRON OF COWARDS

knocked off in an hour waiting for my daughter to finish play rehearsal, this article drew more readers in a few days than my blog had in its whole life up to that point. It examines how bullies need enablers and asks, are we really much different? 

a follow-up piece, asking all those thousands of readers to give money to their local women’s shelters (“Turn Your Righteous Anger into Action“) drew an audience about 1% of the size of the Ghomeshi rant. A recent return to the topic ,”The Terrorist in the Living Room” compares our feeble approach to violence against women, compared to our terrorism defences. Almost nobody read it, but hopefully someone will.

 HOW HARPER HANDED IT TO TRUDEAU

a description of the steps taken by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which set events in motion culminating in a Liberal victory. The niqab business was the key, I suggest. When political savant Warren Kinsella re-tweeted it as “Brilliant Analysis” that pushed it out into the wider world. Written before election day, the piece failed to predict the scale of the victory.

3   WHY THE NIQAB SHOULD DECIDE YOUR VOTE

although I believe the niqab is hostile to western values, I strongly disagree that punishing the women who must wear it (by refusing them citizenship) is a moral or practical answer to the problem. Here I ask the question, should you vote for a party which thinks you are so bigoted or stupid, that you would fall for this? 

4   FOX SITS SHIVA

a rather unkind poke at the American FOX News election night coverage of the Obama-Romney contest. Unkind but well-deserved. Suffice it to say, Democrats and like-minded souls rather loved the thing

5 & 6   WHAT NOT TO LOOK AT and YOUR PRIVATE PARTS

separate but related articles positing the thesis that (1) YOU have more control today over what you see than ever, because only you can edit those choices and (2) you may be more profoundly affected by what you see than you realize.  I believe also that hashtags like #JLAWPHOTO may have drawn readers who were not looking for a sober discussion on the morality of peeping at private pictures. Tough

7        PLAYING TENNIS IN GAZA

A look at the fruitless, dead-end quality of political debate about Israel and the Palestinians. The logic applies to almost any issue however – we have to stop scoring points, if we want to get anywhere.

8      WHEN A GIRL HAS A LOT OF SEX

The title proves how easy it is to pull an audience on the Internet.  The actual article is a series of quotes from my late mother, who had what we could call a “unique” outlook on the world.

9.       DON’T BET AGAINST HARPER. YET

I am convinced this one was popular with Conservatives desperate for good news during their dreadful, depressing and brain-dead campaign. In my defence, it was posted early in the very long campaign, when a Harper win still seemed possible. And had Harper not accidentally engineered a Liberal surge, the Tories might be clinging to power today.

10.      FORD IS THE DRUG

This item, written rather angrily during the worldwide fixation on former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, discusses the intellectual and more poverty of what we might call “FOX News” or “Ford Nation” conservatism. A less popular but more recent piece, “The Conservatives need to lose. For their own sake” re-visits the theme.

Honourable mentions to THE BIG EQUAL SIGN, a meditation on life, love, choices, consequences and regrets, which has somehow hung in there at #13 even though it doesn’t discuss politics, sex or Rob Ford and to #36, WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S, a favourite item comparing how two very different women spent December 31st. I don’t love it like I used to, but treasure it nonetheless.

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