Garth Turner - New Age Outlaw?
Looks like Garth is learning the limits of the digital medium - he clearly lost the "people" element.
People will write things they will never say face-to-face in a blog/comment etc. The attacks and retorts go either way - check out most of Garth's comment threads. (No links - "Expert" Tom used up our quota last post).
What's missing from the digital experience is the 2 way interaction based upon more that words - tone of voice and body language being the big 2!
For example - one of his critics changed their opinion of an issue just from a phone call with Garth. He had 7 posts and numerous comments on his blog about what he was doing with budget document and he did not really not get his point across until they talked on the phone.
Another example, is Garth change of heart after meeting face to face with caucus - as "they" say 90% of communication is non-verbal - he saw and heard enough to rethink
his entire strategy. This points out another issues with exclusively relying on the digital media - the tendency for develop an us against them bunker mentality that distorts the true picture. Also, instantly dispelled once face to face.
So any lessons learned - who knows? But you need more that a computer and an internet connection to communicate effectively.