How Technology Destroyed The Once Substantive Presidential DebateSubmitted by Vrezh Liberty Z... on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 08:41
TechCrunch: Presidential debates were not always a soapbox for ideological soundbites. During the heyday of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, debates lasted several hours and dared to tackle policy nuances. Then, technology shot critical thinking in the head: radio forced once-complex messages into Twitter-like sound bites; television rewarded style over substance; and these days, users’ social media feeds are covertly manipulating the public into a partisan echo-chamber before they have a chance to objectively evaluate the speeches for themselves.
Here’s what changed – and why this “debate theatre” became an acceptable norm.