Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wilkerson Bailed on Today's LeftAhead Podcast

We were expecting Senator Wilkerson on today's LeftAhead Podcast, but she bailed on us with a don't-call-us, we'll-call-you promise of a rescheduling. Mike is a lot less cynical than I am, and is willing to give the Senator the benefit of the doubt that she was just too busy only a few days after promising to join our show. Either way, I (read: not everyone on the show) find it inexcusable.

We also chatted about the newest attack of the Mooninites: the MBTA showing that they're only the latest state agency to completely miss the boat in the age of the internet and tech savvy newer generations. Instead of swimming with the current, they tried to stop it - and were severely beaten in the process, turning this into a national story about how the T is clamping down on the freedom of speech. Suffice it to say, this is bad press and a bad mistake on the T's part.

It's a mistake that could get worse, as word gets out that the students were essentially offering the MBTA free and private consulting on how to fix their problems. Hopefully, Massachusetts state agencies will start to think about how to react to perceived problems with today's young adults and various subcultures in the Age of the Internet, because there's clearly systemic problems and the attack of the Mooninites are plaguing Massachusetts seemingly everywhere.

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