With my water feature now immortalised in Australian political history, through my blog, Twitter, the Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC’s ‘Yes We Canberra’, Kerry O’Brien of 7.30 Report fame and The Australian, it will not do to keep referring to it as a water feature. It must have a name.
A competition to name it was suggested by a visitor to my blog a while ago but it was not until the media140 conference in Canberra that I reached the same conclusion. I was on a panel discussing online social media and its impact on Australian politics and took the opportunity to keep Chas (The Chaser) happy and announce to great acclaim, that the water feature is finished.
Malcolm Turnbull’s reaction suggested that he was just a little bit jealous, after all he has Sydney Harbour at the bottom of his garden. He wanted to know whether it was just a pond!!! To which I replied, “It is a triumph, a marvel of engineering, of solar power and indeed that he would have to come to look at it”.
I was sitting next to Samantha Maiden from The Australian at the time and was asked about The Australian newspaper’s war on The Greens which inspired First Dog on the Moon, live-cartooning the event, to conjure up water fight preparedness. So he should, as The Australian has thrown the first bucket by referring to my much loved water feature as “Godzilla’s Footprint.”
The whole injection of my gardening blog into the political debate is a fantastic example of the way in which new media and old media interact in the world of politics.
It all started when news of the water feature from my blog was relayed on Twitter. It was picked up in the election Twittersphere report in the SMH which noted that my vegetable patch had been raided on the day that Bob Baldwin announced he was cooking a big dinner for his family. The conclusion is obvious in the online world where physical distance is not a problem. On the ABC, The Chaser boys then noted that in the new world of real time news, what some think is news, ie Kevin Rudd being deposed as PM is not news compared with the announcement of my impending water feature. A view given gravitas by Kerry O’Brien’s surprise guest appearance! A week later in the next episode of, Yes We Canberra, I was relieved to see that via fake Twitter, my water feature was exonerated in the quest to find where the Labor Party’s leaks were coming from.
So, I am launching a competition to name the water feature in my garden for posterity. So over to you, in the spirit of Twitter, in 140 characters or less, henceforth it shall be known as ????