We have started this blog with a few aims in mind, and plan to conduct ourselves on this site way in a number of principled ways. Should we stray from our purpose, or not behave in the manner in which we have stated we would, we expect you to call us out on that.
Why a Blog is necessary
Sadly we are all swimming in a sea of information and misinformation. That creates confusion, and misunderstanding, and in the worst cases... deception. We believe in the wisdom of people and the sense of the electorate, but we can hardly expect people to be wise or rational if they are constantly fed misinformation. Our blogs will reference other independent sources of information so you can trust in the fact that what we say is backed up by others, and by good, hard evidence.
And when there is so much information out there, it is too easy to miss something important. Rather than not being able to see the forest for the trees, we are left unable to see the tree for the forest.
A blog is also an opportunity to have a discussion. Rather than sitting back and being passively fed information, in the comments section you have an opportunity to agree, disagree, or even add something to the debate. Perhaps you're aware of important information we've missed and that everyone should be aware of.
We will focus on issues that matter to North Queenslanders, to Australians, and to our neighbours near and far. We will seek to inform rather than mislead. We want to engage - which means each post on the blog is a conversation starter. We want to hear many different opinions but will not allow bigoted, defamatory, overly aggressive or nasty posts to remain. All conversations associated with the blog should try to remain calm, rational, open and honest. It is possible to be both passionate and respectful.
I believe this is the start of something very interesting.
by Mark Enders
The Townsville Greens will publish blogs considered to be of merit. The opinions expressed are those of the Author.