Sunday, May 08, 2005

My Mom Pushes Back

Spent much of the day at my mom's house for Mother's Day, but got some useful information during lunch.

Turns out that my mom (who's lived in Lafayette for about five years) received a Push Poll call on what she recalls being Thursday night.

I hadn't talked to her about the fiber issue in a week or more, nor had I discussed the push poll with her at all, so her responses were based on her own instincts and what she'd seen about the poll in the local media.

She said she was asked if she supported the project and she said yes, she did. She was asked if she would take the services from LUS if they were offered after the election. She said she would — if they were cheaper than Cox and BellSouth (she's a customer of each of them).

She told me she explained to the caller that she didn't use the Internet, but that she supported the project for what it would offer young people — like me? ;-) — who did. "I told them that I thought it would be a good thing for young people, that they could get better jobs here using technology."

Go, Mom!!!

She was asked the infamous 'what if LUS rationed your cable access like they ration your water for watering lawns?' question.

"I said that the question didn't make any sense; that we can't control mother nature and how much rain we get," she said. "Cable is completely different."

She said the questions were long and that there were a lot of them. "They would ask a question and then ask if I'd be voting for or against the project," Mom said. "Each time, I told them 'for'. After a while, I asked her if it was going to take much longer. She told me there were about four questions left. I said, 'well, just put me down as 'for' on each of those and let's be done with it."

Apparently that was the end of it. She found the whole thing pretty amusing.

Interestingly, if her recollection of the night of the call is correct, this means that the push polling continued unabated despite the PR drubbing both BellSouth and Cox took in the local media as a result of the blatant nature of the poll.

So, the Florida-based pollster working for the Georgia-based media companies isn't paying any real attention to the impact of the polling on the local populace or his clients.

Kind of sums up what this issue is about — the indifference of out-of-state interests to the interests of this community.

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