I chatted up (or at least attempted to chat up) a young lady last night (details withheld). It turns out she works at Richmond Magazine. She mentioned that she has something to do the balloting/voting process for Richmond Magazines best and worst issue (which was released last week).
I asked her if that many people actually vote for some of these best/worst categories? She told me that they do recieve a lot of ballots, but in more than a few categories most of the ballots are basically from employees of the store, or relatives of the store, or friends of relatives of the store. In other words; People that are heavily biased are able to rig the vote and in an extremely weak sense of the term, commit electoral fraud.
I'm not sure how many people actually turn to Richmond Mag when deciding on where to get their ice cream or where to buy their antiques or where to have their transmission replaced, but I have to assume that it can be somewhat influential. After reading Richmond Mag for awhile and this issue in particular, I would guess that the only people who would be influenced would be the blue hairs who probably make up the bulk of their readership. This is just an educated guess though and really, I have nothing to base these claims on.
Now did anything happen with that staffer I tried chatting up? No it didn't. She was with some stuffy chick who clearly thought more of herself and her looks than any guy ever will. I did briefly consider getting a phone number, but who am I kidding? That call would have never materialized.