November 01, 2004

ODD WAYS TO BEHAVE

The Guardian's Nick Cohen on polling:

The reason why pollsters fear their racket is 'on the way to extinction' is that the public is fed up with being pestered by hucksters. If you think about it, talking to a polling company is an odd way to behave. Strangers ask you to give them time and personal information for nothing so that they can profit from it.

Hmmm. Isn't that also what journalists do?

UPDATE. Speaking of profits, the Bill Murray movie promo at left is the first blog ad placed by the Disney company. Click the ad to see Murray punch Owen Wilson.

Posted by Tim Blair at November 1, 2004 10:43 PM
Comments

No, I think it's different.

The best journalists are really good gossips. People that can trade in confidences.

Pollsters just ask questions.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 1, 2004 at 11:15 PM

Disney has recognized Mr. Blair's blogging pre-eminence and ability to influence his minions. I do, however, object to the lead-in of this ad...

"Put those liberal, tree hugging (YEAH? and what's wrong with THAT????), elitest, latte drinking, Bush-bashers in their place."

And everyone from here to Australia knows Bingley's the latte sipping elitest third world bean picker enabling coffee broker.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at November 1, 2004 at 11:33 PM

I forgot to add 'corporate fascist blog whore'.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at November 1, 2004 at 11:35 PM

Tree Hugging Sister Because bark frottage disrespects the trees' sexuality...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at November 2, 2004 at 12:45 AM

Is it just me, or is Blogads kind of slow today?

Posted by: Jim Treacher at November 2, 2004 at 12:48 AM

People are coming to realize that you can lie to a pollster or on an on-line registration and still go to heaven. In fact, it may increase your chances.

Posted by: Ernie G at November 2, 2004 at 12:52 AM

Richard ~
I find men who use words like frottage incredibly sexy.
No disrespect to your bark intended.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at November 2, 2004 at 01:34 AM

"Strangers ask you to give them time and personal information for nothing so that they can profit from it."

This is also an oblique description of the activities of government, where the time is money and the personal information is gained through census digging and other snooping.

It's possible that polling figures could be skewed by exhibitionism on the part of the subject, or by any number of other subjective influences, like impatience, annoyance or political correctness.

It seems to me that fewer people of The Right would be responsive to polls. Leftism is one variety of self-projection and the need to subject everyone else to your opinion and beliefs.

Posted by: Rhod at November 2, 2004 at 02:16 AM

Frottage? I thought that was dabbing crumpled pieces of The Guardian over dilute, watery pigments...on walls and other surfaces. It's right up there with faux marble finishes and other Lefty preoccupations.

Posted by: Rhod at November 2, 2004 at 02:20 AM

Frottage? I thought that was dabbing crumpled pieces of The Guardian over dilute, watery pigments...on walls and other surfaces. It's right up there with faux marble finishes and other Lefty preoccupations.

Posted by: Rhod at November 2, 2004 at 02:20 AM

Disney has recognized Mr. Blair's blogging pre-eminence and ability to influence his minions. I do, however, object to the lead-in of this ad...

"Put those liberal, tree hugging (YEAH? and what's wrong with THAT????), elitest, latte drinking, Bush-bashers in their place."

And everyone from here to Australia knows Bingley's the latte sipping elitest third world bean picker enabling coffee broker.

Sheesh, saw that coming a mile away...

Ans cut Bingley some slack, as someone has to support Juan Valdez.

Posted by: Crusader at November 2, 2004 at 02:59 AM

'Click the ad to see Murray punch Owen Wilson.'

For real?

Posted by: Jack Tanner at November 2, 2004 at 03:05 AM

I ALWAYS ask pollsters how much they're going to pay me to answer their stupid questions. After they get over the shock, most of 'em will admit that my argument makes sense - "You get paid to ask, why shouldn't I get paid to answer? My input is valuable to you, isn't it? You're making money off the answers I provide, right?"

But nobody ever pays. Go figure.

Posted by: mojo at November 2, 2004 at 03:52 AM

It seems to me that fewer people of The Right would be responsive to polls.

Too true, Rhod! I loathe polls; I'll cross the street against traffic to avoid one. And if they do manage to snag me, I lie through my teeth.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 2, 2004 at 11:46 AM

As long as Murray doesn't mess up that pretty nose.

Posted by: fidens at November 2, 2004 at 12:45 PM

As long as Murray doesn't bust that pretty nose.

Posted by: fidens at November 2, 2004 at 12:45 PM

Many journalists use polls and surveys to write most of their articles (See SMH...).

Therefore Journos are further down the food chain. Parasites of parasites. Bottom feeders.

Morgan-gallup gives a free 1 yr magazine subscription if you do their door-to-door poll, which includes a survey of one week's TV viewing and a complete consumer analysis (How much mortgage do you have? Superannuation? Bank balances?...). That's a $20-$50 gift for 4-5 hours of your time.

Posted by: Bruce at November 2, 2004 at 04:57 PM