As some readers will undoubtedly know, Iceland is in the process of reviewing its constitution. A constitutional assembly will be set up next spring, chosen via direct personal election, for which anyone can run. The deadline for submitting candidacies was last week, and a whopping 525 people have decided to run, which amounts to 0.2% of the population.
Right now, the Icelandic media and others are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to adequately present all the candidates. RÚV [state broadcaster], for instance, has a legal obligation to give equal time to all of them — and if each person only gets, say five minutes, that will run into several hours of airtime. Consequently some media experts have slammed the procedure, calling it profoundly flawed [while at the same time acknowledging that it IS a radical and worthwhile attempt at direct democracy] — because most people will wind up voting for their friends and/or people who are already well known.
Yep, it has come to some people’s attention that a large number of the candidates for the constitutional assembly are bloggers.* Which is why this gave me a howl [see translation below]:
At some point, way in the future, when the Icelandic financial system has collapsed another 20 times, an all-airing programme will be produced about the constitution that emerged from the constitutional assembly of our time ..
[Host] The Icelandic constitution lays out many of the fundamental rules of our social system and differs completely from all other constitutions. Right Þjarkur?
[Þjarkur] Certainly! In it you will find classic articles like the third, “Do not comment on your own blog under an alias,” and the fifth, “Do not refer to a blog post without providing a link to the original post,” not to mention the controversial article ten, which breaks up mutual flattery cliques on blogs ..
[Host] To be sure, fantastic stuff, just fantastic stuff!
[Þjarkur] Certainly! Without the constitution and the country’s blogging fathers we would never have got rid of the trolls and would be doomed to respond to blog posts from hidden people all day long. Hahaha!
* Before you ask, no, this does not include our YT. And anyway, I’m not well known in this country. Probably because this blog is virtually ignored by the Iceandic media.