October 01, 2004
The Shark's moment in the global spotlight

I just spoke to a group of Pacific Rim journalists who are on a campaign-season tour of the United States.

That's me in the center of the white board. The participants were from a dozen different nations, including China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Unfortunately, I didn't get to match many of the names to faces, but I did catch that the woman crouching on my immediate left is with the Yomiuri Shimbun, one of Japan's largest dailies.

I was there to give a perspective on blogs and also a center-right view point on Seattle and Washington issues. The journalists were interested in the relationship between blogs and mainstream media and asked a lot of good questions about credibility and bias. They were also interested in my take on the presidential debate. They met with the Seattle Monorail Project earlier in the week and got their spin. I got to explain why the Monorail is such a silly idea and doomed to fail.

I really enjoyed meeting with this group and if any of the participants find this entry, please drop me an email and send me links to your articles!

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 01, 2004 12:32 PM

Take them up in a palne for an aerial tour - that should give them some idea of the expanse of space we have in the US, which makes most mass rapid transit projects inefficient.

Singapore, for example, has the best mass transit system I've seen anywhere. It wouldn't work in the States, though. Now, if the continental US were about the same size as Singapore, that'd be another story.

While you're up there, fly them towards St. Helens... that's turning into quite a show.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna on October 4, 2004 12:17 PM
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