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Who really reads this Weekly Forum

Original post made by Question, Birdland, on Oct 6, 2010

I have noticed that the P-Weekly forum seems to have become a political ranting platform at best lately.

Reading the topics and posts, it becomes evident that people are thinking that everyone on Pleasanton come to the Weekly to keep up with the latest thoughts and opinions of our residents.

In thinking, I would venture to guess that a tiny fraction of residents are participating, posting and reading here and it seems that the core group is around twenty people at best.

Also evident is that these twenty seem to be available to reply or post most all working day long, ie unemployed.

Lastly, it is quite evident that the general tone on the forum is that of nastiness, political ranting, name calling etc. at best.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

In all honesty, if I wanted to engage in serious political discourse, this is the last place I would go. When I need a break from studying, I come here to get a good laugh...

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Posted by Whatever
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:44 am

The PW is whatever the people want it to be. There is really quite a variety of topics..many are school related, both traffic and crime safety issues, downtown events, political debates on topics that affect all of us every day are very relevant to all our lives. Yes, a lot of culling and peeling is needed which is necessary. It would be nice if our electeds would actually discuss, rather than stonewall, or the majority not allow a topic in a committee for discussion, or worst of all just stonewall certain issues and then RAM THRU WITHOUT full debate / disclosure ! We all LOSE in those cases.
As far as this PW site, this election is rather interesting, in that some of the most usually mouthy Dems have been totally silent, knowing that neither Obama, Boxer, nor McNerney can be defended, so they don't want to start topics or defend anything....just hoping it will all quietly go away. It won't. But the site is whatever we want it to be. Some just choose to live in quiet ignorance, not wanting to be confused with facts.

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Posted by My 2/100
a resident of California Reflections
on Oct 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm


I will not dignify your comment with a response until you clearly state your position on Measure G. ;=-)

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Posted by hahaha
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Pleasanton Weekly forum has turned into a reality tv is so terrible and stupid, yet you can't stop watching what is going to happen next!! I agree, I come on here for a good laugh because this definitely represents the same 20 people. I really hope people would never make any educated votes based on information posted here because it is so biased and most of it isn't even the truth.

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Posted by Question
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Maria, I agree!

Whatever, Whatever!LOL Geez!

My 2/100, LOL

hahahaha, Good observation.

I guess my point was exactly who on earth takes the core group who rant and rave ongoing conversation as if the majority of Pleasanton were coming to the Weekly Forum to discuss in an educated manner,which is clearly not the case.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

It's a reflection of a bigger national trend. The loudmouths represent a small, radical minority (I'm talking about BOTH extremes, people) but they get the screen time because they are the most vocal and therefore attract the cameras.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

They attract the cameras because its about what will sell. Because most of America feels they have no voice, no real representation. So if someone on TV appears to feel the way they do they watch with a sense of pride and if someone acts opposite they watch with disgust. Either way its those emotions that make them watch and brings in the money.

Would Jerry Springer have even existed if he the premise was to bring average people on the show and talk about things that most people care about not passionately?

The media does not provide information. They provide propaganda to sell advertising to stay in business.

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