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Has the 2012 Presidential Election Become Too "Twitterized"?
A terrible thing happened during the recent debates. Tragic, I tell you. On the night of one debate, I went to the theatre and didn't think I would get home in time to see it from the beginning. I figured I could find a bar or lounge in the city where I could watch it, but no such luck.
So, I turned to my smartphone. But instead of using my trusty CNN app to get the news, I immediately turned to Twitter.
I couldn't believe I was doing such a thing. Well, me and 15 million other people.
The debates have become Twitter-ized. The issues that affect the future of the nation are being minimized to statements that have to be made in less than 140 characters.
In fact, 2012 “politics” has become “tweet-i-tics” -- more about the jokes and zingers than the truth or facts. And we seem to love it.
The post debate chatter is about the funniest gaffe, joke or zinger for the night and who grabbed the twitter account for that gaffe. Poor, Big Bird.
It's like a bad game of Snaps, you can't stop watching - but at least with Snaps, "your mama" jokes seem to be off limits.
And though I stand guilty as charged too, happily reading my Twitter feed and LOL-ing the whole time, I do feel shame. And wonderment at why nobody cares about issues anymore?
You may not know where Romney stands on foreign policy and the economy (wait, does anybody??) but you most definitely know about Big Bird and “binders full of women”.
(Oh apparently, BIg Bird costumes for Halloween are sold out across the country.)
Are we so hopeless and disenfranchised that the most we want from this country's political process is a few laughs?? Or are we that desperate for a distraction from our own lives? Has the art of debate been reduced to name calling and sarcasm?
Either way, I don't want Twitter to be my source for real news. It is clearly a good source for real laughs, but I would like to think that our appetite for determining future leadership is longer than 140 characters. And that when it comes to certain matters we still want breadth and depth and scope and facts and answers, and binders full of information.
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