Debates Interpreted in Real Time

CNN reports that 2/3 of the public don’t want to see another debate. After #3, I don’t either because the rhetoric unceremoniously petrified into refrains of “McCain is Bush” and “Obama will raise taxes”.

The debate reactions are more transparent with real time polling on CNN by their pundits and by commentary from Election Twitter and Friendfeed 2008 Elections. The effect of real time feedback is the immediate dissection of the debate second by second instead of waiting for pundits to interpret it for us later.

Election 2008 permanently changes the political landscape by giving the public voice, in theory, equal footing with the mass media. With the social media, ordinary folks like Joe the Plumber can become instantly famous (h/t Duncan Riley The Inquisitr)

About Pat Kitano

Patrick Kitano works with brands in developing hyperlocal engagement solutions and is administrator of the Breaking News Network, a national hyperlocal network devoted to community service. He is the author of The Local Network on Street Fight, and is reachable via Twitter @pkitano and email pkitano@gmail.com.

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