Ye Olde Facepalme

By Jesse Taylor
Monday, February 9, 2009 4:20 EDT
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imageJohn Hawkins, creator of Right Wing News, complaining about how the Internet makes us all terrible partisans:

Back in 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas had a series of famous debates in which both men spoke for an hour and a half each. Today, only 10% of people on the net will even watch an entertaining five-minute video all the way through. That’s problematic for our society because there are quite a few issues that simply cannot be adequately boiled down to a single slogan or sentence.

Even more telling, their debates were only streamed live over RealPlayer, which, I mean, really. Come on.

Speaking for an hour and a half does not mean that people actually listened to you speak for an hour and a half. Especially when 99.9% of the American public was not there and could have only vaguely heard about it days later, right before they saw a public listing for free cabbage down at the train depot.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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