As a pollster by profession I thought this clip from last night's RMR was pretty great.
One of the things I find most distressing about the current state of the media is the fascination they seem to have with what stupid people think. This need to "have a conversation" with consumers is bizarre, not least because I doubt it has any noticeable impact on their bottom line. Do you know anyone who checks The Globe and Mail over, say, The Star, because the comments are better? Would you stop checking the CBC news online if they disabled comments?
Online polls are even more absurd. Media corporations know they'll fall victim to "freeping" if they set up a poll about anything remotely contentious. Yet they continue to do it as though the results are indicative of anything at all.
Wishful thinking, but it would be nice if the news corporations locked teh stoopid back up in the box instead of exposing us to insanity that never would have seen the light of day if we still relied on a one-page "letters to the editor".