Thursday, November 01, 2012
I'm just a Canadian.
Often I'm very conscious that as a Canadian I'm essentially a "guest" in our SparkPeople community -- which was founded in America and in many ways (despite the worldwide membership) remains overwhelmingly American. (Not that that's a bad thing . . . not at all).
Canada shares a long border with the USA. And lots more: intertwined economies, popular culture including TV shows and magazines and music and sports, and many similar attitudes. But not all. Sometimes I can't help but be conscious of the differences between American and Canadian culture.
Of course I follow American news, politically and otherwise. And one of the notable differences between Canada and the US is our media. Canadian reporting of news events has quite a different slant than the majority of American media outlets seem to provide. That's never been more apparent than in the last few days with the coverage of Sandy in the context of the upcoming American election.
Canadians don't get a vote in the upcoming American election. Of course they don't! But believe me, we can't help but care about the outcome.
So: I take seriously the duty of Canadians to mind our own business. I AM MMOB, really. Not expressing an opinion.
Just hoping that lots and lots of Americans who do have a vote which inevitably will affect so many of us will get out and vote. Wisely. Well.
P.S. In response to TRAVELGIRL (and I'm pretty sure she was being ironic):
"But freedom means you can vote however you wish, no matter how ignorant you are!"; thanks for your comments on my MMOB blog . . .
May I gently (while still MMOB!!) suggest that perhaps this isn't so? Freedom comes with responsibility, just as every right has reciprocal responsibilities . . . and rights without reciprocal responsibilities are morally vacuous. We need a concept of "citizenship" rather than a concept of "customers of political services" . . . and democracy will founder north and south of our border if we fail to exercise freedom with responsibility. Which means with information . . . digging for something beyond the paid advertisements.
(Or at least that's what I think . . . . ).
PS #2 In response to TIFFN108's inquiry about differences between American and Canadian media . . . .
Thanks for commenting on my MMOB blog: really appreciate it.
It's my perception that Canadian media are more "neutral news reporters" rather than advocates for one position over the other -- and perhaps take a less local, more international/global perspective on more issues. There are going to be exceptions north and south of our border, of course . . . but in the Canadian constitution there are no "absolute rights" and always a requirement that rights be balanced in the context of a "free and democratic society", plus no "right to property": and these differences do colour our political discourse.
I'm thinking about our CBC, for example, or the Globe and Mail . . . readily available on line if you feel like taking a look! Today's Globe editorial looks at the Obama/Romney option and does come to an opinion as to which candidate it endorses: but it's pretty balanced and thoughtful too.