Thoughts on the Middle East, History, and Religion
Juan Cole is President of the Global Americana Institute
Friday, October 03, 2008
It was not a debate. Just as television in prime time has been largely emptied of drama and innovative comedy, with a few exceptions, in favor of empty-headed "reality shows," so the political debates have mostly been gutted.
Judging "how the candidates did" is rather like weighing in on the wittiness of the libretto of "Big Brother" or the pace of character development in the latest episode of "Keeping up with the Kardashians." The genre of the political review assumes that both candidates are credible in their roles. It becomes self-parody when one candidate is a ditzy nonentity cynically foisted on the public in the same way a 'reality show' is, based on a targeted demographic and without regard to quality.
........It was not a debate, and pretending that it was and judging "performance" is to fall into the trap set by the campaign spinmeisters and talking point pimps.
Yikes!! Wake up America.
Other than that what I saw was a well groomed, well prepared marketing tool similar to Ronald Reagan. Actors, even grade B types, can do infomercials and the populace has been properly conditioned to accept the product with the bar very low. I fear too many Americans are still too comfortable and distracted. We shall see.
Even if the results are so overwhelming that they are unable to steal it as they have our past 2 presidential elections and Obama/Biden ticket is able to win, until our democracy becomes participatory and we ask things of our representatives and they of us and we have civil discourse about the policies we pursue as a nation, I don’t hold out much hope.
Wake up America!
and there are great signs.....i attended 2 "debate" watching events in this area.....watched with one group and then caught some of the post and engaged in some discussion with another....it is nice to hang out with folks who are paying attention and have been for quite awhile and are participating.......
watch a bit of the debate with a few folks in Alaska....