German Politics, oddly enough, Political Theory

A New Kind Of Democracy.

Look what I found on “” while looking for credibilty ratings of an ebay pro-seller.

Now that’s what I call “political marketplace”. For those not literate in German, the image below is a screen capture from, a website where people can leave their opinions on everything from white laces to, well, globalisation. The latter, of course, is only 68% recommended.

globalisation 68% recommended by commentators on

I wonder if it wouldn’t be a good idea to demographically profile the membership of these fora to see whether these opinions are anywhere close to “representative”. While I suppose that would be too hard to implement, especially because of privacy concerns I guess in’s strategic business outlook they already see themselves as a real competitor in the traditional polling market.

Will be interesting to see.