So you’re an aspiring political party that’s trying to ride in on the back of a social issue that’s frequently making the media.
So set up a party, and base most, if not all of your policies around this one issue.
Yep, I’m with you still
So you then tell everybody that you’re right wing and conservative.
So you then fail in several elections sequentially.
Well, no surprises
So you feel you need more media coverage.
Yep, that makes sense.
So what do you do?
Naturally, you go with a small group of your friends and protest at the biggest collective of individuals that are unlikely to vote for you, that you could find. Further more it is unlikely that anyone that would vote for you would actually be there to see it. Oh yeah, and you wear t-shirts that belittles your assumed beliefs about the people you expect find there; even though it has nothing to do with what they are protesting, or what you are protesting.
So how does that work?
Welcome to the land of the dinosaurs. This is the cul-de-sac of evolution. The place where undeveloped brains and bodies come to die. A place where looking back to the heyday your species is all that you have left.
It probably isn’t fair to pick on this particular political group, as the landscape is littered with also-rans that have all tried to be the little man screaming ‘What about me’?! Only to disappoint by running the same contradictory ‘Lets keep everything the same to change things’.
People look for one of two things from their politicians. They either want inspiration and ideas when things are going bad, or growth and wealth when things are going good. However political groups like those picture above, simple represent the fringe of our society that is dying off as it is unable to adapt to a world which changes rapidly from day to day, and will for the rest of eternity. It’s hard to play the leader when you’re the kind of person that reckons we should all just stand still, or look back at where we came from.
But something unusual has happened, and a great social irony has occurred. One of the most significant changes to our society of the past 15 years has actually helped these fringe groups to not only survive, but thrive in a way. Technological advancement has actually breathed new life into the lives of the luddites. The internet revolution has allowed these people to actually contact and communicate with each other. Even though they have failed to adapt to a changing world, they have been able to group together and unify thanks to this technology, even if they complain on there about how the other changes this technology had influenced in their lives.
The Dinosaurs again have a place to live. They can breathe, complain and moan in cyberspace. They can relive the heyday again and again. They can even pass on their stagnant ideals on to future generations, ensuring that the antiquated ideas that they inherited off their own usually uneducated parents, can still be carried on in a world where education and information is more accessible than ever. The gene pool is potentially brought alive again, by ensuring those that have lost the survival of the fittest, are still able to find like minded genomes in order to be able to replicate. Move over Jurassic park, we don’t need frog’s genes and eggs, we just need the internet to bring the dinosaurs back.
Groups like the one pictured above often run online internet forums and groups which have become a safe haven for these evolutionary dead-ends. They aren’t hard to find, but they are usually aggressively named to attract attention, and tend to be filled with poorly written, poorly thought out dross. But it is this dross that gives them life, by giving them purpose. It allows them to once again believe that they have a purpose and a place in society, rather than being the isolated dead skin on the fringes. Most importantly they feel that they are doing something, by actually doing nothing. It may appear to be something like a rat spinning a wheel in a cage, but even that could potentially power a lightbulb.
In the next few months I’ll discuss some of the dinosaur groups that are dwelling in online communities. I’ve already talked about the Australian T.E.A. Party, but theres plenty more specimens to look at in the weird and whacky internet Jurassic park.
So till then. TTFN.