I went in yesterday to have a look at the Internet Party Idol being held to find candidates at Q Theatre, it’s a fascinating culture gumbo that should be awash with sociology and political post grad students because this is doctorate worthy.
I’ve been to a lot of political party meetings, AGMs, election speeches and activist socials across the spectrum up and down this country, but what IP are tapping into is very unique. Firstly it’s overwhelmingly Gen X and secondly it’s overwhelmingly positive for the opportunity to stand.
The murky world of party politics is as toxic as it is dense. The power players in a party, the factions, the ever crazed members with their mad ideas that will never work on any planet – all must be navigated and shown submission to. Normally a candidate has to slither around a lot on their belly just to get nominated. Not here. There are no factions and the only 4 people who have to be convinced, Kim, Laila, Vikram and Mark are sitting right in front of them, not lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce.
It’s this meritocracy that is so positively grasped and picked up by the candidates I saw which is interesting. The collective gusto hints at a deeper cultural current that is propelling many of those participating. People with ideas and vision and mana who would never stoop to kiss enough Party boot to begin climbing the slippery pole of Party list rankings want the opportunity based on their own unique talents, which in a way is what the internet provides so many of them.
In a property market dominated by baby boomers, in an employment market dominated by baby boomers (who have no interest in retiring ever), in a power structure owned by baby boomers, the frustrated visions of many who spoke as candidates did so as a generation still waiting for its moment. The Internet has done more to radicalise our economy and turn hegemony on its head than almost any other technology, the talent on display yesterday suggests that the political elites who are beholden to baby boomer interests might be in for a surprise come election day.
My top 5 picks for candidates:
Bill Urale – yes, the mighty King Kapisi
Miriam Pierard – teacher, activist and guest blogger here on TDB
Eli Weir – Very tech savvy
Chris Yong – Great guy, very talented
Pani Farvaid – Very intelligent