Politics A Good YouTube Debate Takedown
posted by June 14 at 12:45 PMon
I’ve been too busy to do more than a cut-and-post job on the upcoming YouTube/CNN debate, but Postman says what I’ve been thinking:
I do want to see it. And I hope it’s more interesting and telling than the usual presidential debate. But I’m skeptical… If the debate is one of the biggest political innovations in history that says a lot about the stale nature of political debate in the country…
For years audience members have asked questions at political debates. TV stations have even sent video crews out to tape people asking their questions. The YouTube questions will be more creative and a little more, as the Times said, “anything goes.” But will there be revolutionary questions? Will there be things asked that can knock the candidates from their well-practiced balance of showing just enough emotion to not look like they are pre-programmed?
I don’t see how a debate produced by CNN with questions vetted and selected by someone or some ones who have to produce a TV show, can be expected to be revolutionary.