Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tennessean's Election Day "Man-on-the-Street" Coverage Brings The Lulz

Posted by on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Aside from the bizarre electoral spectacle provided by The Pam Murray Incident (Note: Not a prog-rock band), this election day has proved so far to be a rather boring affair.

Which is why the Tennessean's decision to hump that old journalistic hobby horse — the lazy "man on the street" archetype — seems all the more puzzling: What dimension-shattering wisdom can we glean from the urban yeoman, valiantly casting his/her ballot in the presence of the fourth estate? What tales of democratic derring-do can that venerable media organ recount for us?

- People wearing "I Voted" stickers make other people want to vote, ostensibly because people love stickers more than they love suffrage.

- One nebulously quoted voter, a retired teacher, claims to have carried her entire class to the fairgrounds on field trips.

- A veteran street-shilling for candidates in East Nashville quipped that today's heat "is a lot cooler than Vietnam," thereby briefly depressing the hell out of Gannett's Oliver Stone-aged reader base.

- One voter cast a ballot against incumbent Mayor Karl Dean because the mayor is "throwing away money" via "reckless spending on the convention center." (No word on whether the aforementioned voter actually reads the Tennessean)

- The average age of the man on the street, based upon the four quoted voters, is 68 years old.

If you plan on voting, please vote responsibly. Otherwise, wake me up when the bars open.

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