5. New Role for this Blog and its Comments
With the elections behind us, the purpose of this blog changes.
It will still publish important news items, comments and articles on single topics but ledss frequently than in the past. The main focus will be on obtaining readers' opinions on the identification of issues —confronting Government, the Opposition, civil society and business — and their resolution.
Exactly how this will work out, I do not know. We will play it by ear but something of what is intended can be seen in the four most recently published postings.
Your ideas on issues that need airing are most welcome, as indeed are all your ideas on how the blog can be more useful in this new political environment.
I shall probably summarise the comments and make them available to the relevant authorities and the public, and invite their repsonses. It may also be useful to publish opinion polls from time to time to encourage quick responses from readers.
Readers will note that the purpose of comments has also changed. Previously, there were good reasons why people used blogs and Facebook pages to vent their personal frustrations. I hope this type of comment will now be kept to a minimum, and that criticisms will be worded in more helpful and positive ways. Please note that anonymous comments will not be accepted. Using your real name or a pseudonym will help discussion.
The comments that will be especially welcome are your views on what should be done —and not done— by opinion- and decision-makers.
In effect, the blog will be transformed, with YOUR co-operation and assistance, into an interactive forum designed to heal the wounds of the past and help Fiji along the road to "Fiji As it Can Be."
POSTSCRIPT: AN APPEAL FOR YOUR HELP, PLEASE!
While on this posting, I invite you to complete the "Confidential Survey on You and Fiji Politics" (click on the link here or scroll to earlier posting) if you have not already done so.
Not much is known about the role of the media and the social media in influencing political opinions. The survey, which will be a central part of an article I'm writing for a book by Dr Steve Ratuva, should help to fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge.
Thank you in anticipation and thank you for those who have completed the survey.