Tuesday, October 06, 2009

In the land before polls...

I wonder what things were like before polling cannibalized public discourse. How did voters decide who to vote for without knowing what the horde thought? How did journalists operate before they had the crutch of doing poll "analyses" whenever they didn't feel like doing real reporting? Does anyone remember those days?

1 comment:

Brian said...

I mean, do we really need a big analysis every single week of the fact that Gov. Paterson's poll numbers dropped form 19.098% to 19.074% and what it means? Do we really need an analysis every week to tell us he's unpopular or that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants his Paterson's job and probably Rudy Giuliani too? Do we really need weekly "stories" telling us the same things over and over?