Wednesday, January 25, 2012
#25 / Not A Spectator Sport
The City of Santa Cruz has recently announced that its City Council meetings will heretofore be broadcast live online, and thereafter endlessly "looped." Click right here for a link to where that online access can be obtained.
I have a mixed reaction to this latest announcement. Making it easier to access the activities of elected representatives is good. However, "watching" elected officials do something is different from democracy. Self-government means we have to get involved ourselves, and there is no substitute for "being there."
Democracy is most definitely not a "spectator sport."