So, a weekend passes and we have a new government and a new Australian Idol. I got to thinking…would the majority of people know more about Matt Corby and Natalie Gauci than Kevin Rudd or John Howard? I’m guessing yes.
I only watched a few episodes of Idol but suspect I know more about the contestents than our candidates! As viewers we met Gauci’s gradparents, parents and friends; Corby’s mates like skateboarding and he has a doppelganger. Obviously I don’t know them well but I’ve got a vague idea of their personality. That insight seems somehow to be more important than watching Howard during question time, scoffing at his opposition. Or seeing Rudd attend a clearly-set-up photo op.
Dare I ask whether we could learn from Australian Idol? Could our election process benefit from the kind of exposure that Idol generates?