MIAMI — The South Florida skies on Saturday, Oct. 2, were surprisingly absent of their usual passing clouds and periodic sun showers. The light breeze blowing through the relentless sunshine seemed to be the picture perfect environment for the Ask America Van to engage and inform local residents visiting the upper-scale Falls Mall in Miami, just outside the popular tourist destination of Biscayne Bay.
The Ask America Van Crew embarked on their journey from Chicago to Florida on September 28th and greeted by The Sunshine State with the eager eyes and ears that were the welcomes of local students, retirees and a variety of other intrigued residents. “The insight and invested interest of these well informed and passionate students was definitely inspiring” was a sincere and optimistic notation made by Ask America Tour Manager, Michael Charapata in reference to their recent stop at The University Of Florida.
The Ask America Van, while armed two very engaging tour managers, a small yet energetic local staff who politely tried to interest passers by in taking a closer look at the Ask America project, as well as an impressive display and free pie had quite a different experience on Saturday at The Falls Mall. It seemed as though the apparently unavoidable intrigue of techno music providing the soundtrack for the Falls Mall Fashion Show taking place in Falls courtyard just 100 feet away was going to be a force to be recon with. In my observations, most residents were saving whatever opinions or interests they carried with them to Falls Mall for this disgraceful display of marketing.
“It’s a sad display of this area,” observed Edward Boone, a 33-year-old Florida resident who expressed an urgency for natural energy sources as one of his personal political passions. As one of the few visitors who were willing to give more than a smile and a possible check mark on the opinion board, Edward admitted an embarrassment and true disappointment of what he feels to be a vast occurrence of apathy among residents in certain local areas. He then graciously took part in the online issue tile survey displayed and spoke with a few other Ask America Team Members.
As they say, you can’t win them all. With a few days of surprisingly high turnouts of informed students, local retirees and concerned parents offering their enthusiastic interest and unique perceptions of Off Shore Drilling, The Economy, and the several candidates strongly strategizing for the Governor of Florida Title, a mild expression of interest by the Falls Mall visitors on this particular day will certainly be no set back in the Ask America Nation Wide Tour.
The proudly patriotic display of the Ask America Van is brilliantly designed to engage and inform, and I’m quite certain that this Project will thrive as they travel on to California. An informative and interactive platform, enhanced with enthusiastic and educated individuals, offering a soap box as a sounding board to express personal political opinions will appeal to many Americans. The social media friendly and hyper-interactive approach of Ask America is a major breakthrough for Yahoo! News in the way information and personal, demographic opinions will be used in the future of politics.