Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Nick will never believe this ...

I had a minor revelation yesterday while facing the Diebold voting machine. It went something like this:

"Psst. Jenny. You're voting now."
"Thanks brain, I know."
"Yeah, but you have no idea who most of these people are."
"So? I've been very busy ... you know, with stuff."
"Uh huh."
"Okay, okay, so I probably should have paid more attention to who was running for what and all that."
"Uh huh."
"I guess I could have read the voters information booklet that was mailed out a few weeks ago."
"Uh huh."
"Are you trying to make me feel like an idiot? I'm not, you know. I have pieces of paper that prove it."
"Reeeaaalllly ..."
"Hmm. I suppose a non-idiot probably wouldn't just vote for someone because they liked the fact they used a light condensed sans serif font on their signs like I just did, would they?" [Editorial note: Nick later let me know I actually made a good choice here. In his opinion. So maybe good design also leads to good policy. Maybe not.]
"No. They'd probably know something basic about the candidates they vote for, like whether they're male or female."
"I know, I know. But names that start with "La" or "Le" really can go either way sometimes!"
"So what have you learned here?"
"That I have some sense of civic duty and responsibility, no matter how hard I try to repress it. That I don't like feeling stupid when faced with a bunch of names and parties. That next time I at least want to know something about who I'm voting for."
"Eeexxxcceellleeennnt ... [brain rubs hands together greedily] More information to digest ... [said in Dracula's voice]."

The End.