"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
The Internet as a focus group Saw this story in the local paper, about a couple local papers and a TV station putting together a SimPuget-Sound's-Screwed-Up-Transportation-System computer game. I think it's brilliant, and am looking foward to trying it out.
It looks like it's going to be a remarkable focus group opportunity, but able to be far more specific and in depth than most focus groups, and without the shallow and easily manipulated aspects of a focus group. That is, at least, as long as it's built in a fair and balanced manner. It would also be a great propaganda tool, if one wanted to manage it that way.
I think the best aspect of it is going to be that it will show people just how stinking hard it is to build a workable, inexpensive transportation system when you only have two cardinal directions to work with. It would be a good deal easier if Washington didn't spend so much on various liberal pet projects, of course, but I think it will be a while until those go away. And there's always the chance that an undiscovered genius will figure out a way to solve the problem. Maybe.
Posted by Timothy9:32 PM
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