Politicians, meet internet

By Toby Manhire In Politics, The Internaut

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boristquestionsPoor old democracy, crashing like a meteor into the outer crust of the internet.

It’s all “ask me anything” and “live chat” and online Q&A.

Such as David Cunliffe’s appearance on the Stuff website this week.

Sample question: “Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?”

He went for the solitary horse-sized duck.

There will be more of these important interrogations over the next two months, but the exemplar comes from the questions volleyed at Boris Johnson, the mop-haired mayor of London, during his #AskBoris Twitter session.

“Hi Boris,” one user Tweeted. “What’s the biggest animal you think you could singlehandedly clingfilm to a lamppost?”

Another – there are hundreds like it – wondered, “Would you rather have a breast that dispenses talcum powder or a finger that can travel time?”

And another: “Who is the greatest, most supine invertebrate protoplasmic jelly you’ve ever met?” One more, in the name of democracy. “Do you think the outside of a mini Babybel cheese would make a good wax jacket for a mouse?”

Further example here and here and here.

 

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