Notes From The Margin

August 31, 2007

Media and the Brittons Hill Collapse…

Has anyone else noticed that the relations between police and the press have been far more cordial than they were at Joes River? Yes we’ve had reports on BFP of them stopping spectators from taking pictures but the relationship with the “official” media seems to be far more co-operative.

Maybe someone is reading the blogs after all….



  1. Marginal,

    You should be ashamed of yourself for behaving in such a BFPish manner.

    What happened at Brittons Hill was a national tragedy of an unprecedented nature.

    You bloggers should STOP scraping the bottom of the barrel to try and squeeze self-praise on yourselves.

    The simple fact is this… very few people here in Barbados read online Bajan blogs or look to you for any sort of guidance or opinions on national issues.

    You are obscure fringe elements of Bajan society… unnoticed onlookers dwelling in little remote cyber recesses.

    You people think too much of yourselves. Anytime you want a reality check, go to any Bajan blog and COUNT the number of different names making comments… remembering that some of them even use multiple names.

    Throughout the duration of the Brittons Hill tragedy (6 days) the total number of people who made comments on BFP alone must have been less than a couple dozen. There are 280,000 people in Barbados.


    Comment by BFPE — September 1, 2007 @ 3:20 am | Reply

  2. You MAY well be right (I don’t think you are but you MAY be). I did a post some time ago by the title of “Vox Populi” where I posed the very same question. How much of what passes for “The Voice of the People” is really just a few disgruntled individuals on soap boxes.

    However, one person if he knows what he’s doing can command a whole lot of attention,and those individuals can influence a whole lot of people. I guess any politician from any side knows this well.

    What I will say however is that looking at our viewing stats and looking at the number of people who actually comment, the two seem to have very little to do with one another. Also on the times that BFP has featured or commented on one of my posts, I can see significant jumps in my viewership. So I would believe that a significant number of persons read the blogs, how significant I have no idea. It would be interesting to see some real research on the subject and not just peoples feelings on the matter.


    Comment by notesfromthemargin — September 1, 2007 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t think many bajans understood the magnitude of this operation.Even the members of the Miami Dade team that came to help was loss for a solution to the incedent. The problem is that bajan are experts on everything and most of them know nothing.

    Comment by Scout — September 2, 2007 @ 1:54 am | Reply

  4. Scout,

    Being an armchair expert is a longstanding Bajan tradition!


    Comment by notesfromthemargin — September 11, 2007 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  5. It was an act of God, no man knows his hour of death, not even those on death row. We all should pray for the country since we don’t know who is next. We also are not the only ones it is happening to. Check out the hole in Guatemala, they don’t know how many people are missing. That one is 330ft deep, with sewage and all.

    Comment by Lasonta — September 20, 2007 @ 2:21 am | Reply

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