Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The Weather Is Destroying Democracy!

A recent article published in the Abolone Star has shed light on the closely knit relationship between the weather and anti-democratic tendencies that are pervading the Western World. Rick Cornstuble of Brookenshire, New England has done extensive research that traces the remarkable correlation between weather patterns and the levels of democracy in the affected nations. In addition, Cornstuble has also written extensively on the role that "Weather-mania" has on the masses and the impact that it has as a distraction from "real" issues in the news media.

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As you can see here, isomorphism (in relation to the mass media) progressed in an almost uniform fashion when compared to the number of hits (ie - weather phenomenon impacts), but a wide degree of variance was seen when weather was stable. The likelihood that democracy would be practiced was limited ismorphatically when the weather was exciting or had a general impact on the public.

Here we see the progression of democracy as a whole and as if A) the weather has peaked slowly and an event did occur; but in the least likely probable event recurrence or; B) When the weather was dramatic in nature but in the shortest of timeframes or C) none of the above.

Not suprisingly, the findings have shown a strong indication that Weather-mania (read: when the public becomes incited by the weather and is unable to withdraw attention from it) limits the interest the public has in issues that affect them directly. It is almost as if (although the results have not yet been made available) they are more concerned for their immediate safety than the overall state of their democracy. For example, Cornstuble sites several instances when Oklahoma farmers were less likely to voice an opinion on their human rights during a severe storm. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, the farmers were more likely to voice concern about the state of their democracies and how the federal government would provide disaster relief.

Cornstuble suggests that these findings are merely preliminary. His goal, however, is to ensure that the state of democracy is protected, regardless of the dire consequences.



Sandy Carlson said...

I enjoy your sense of humor. That was a great read.

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