Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Beg to differ:

Michael Lind has a good essay in Salon about how cable television has ruined political debate. But he goes on to write:
The obsessive news junkies would rather watch Terry McAuliffe debate Dick Morris the 10,000th time than watch a progressive philosopher debate a conservative theorist about the purpose of markets or the meaning of democracy.
Who in the world would want to watch either McAuliffe or Morris? Those guys are "change-the-channel-now!" personalities. I cannot imagine that even an "obsessive news junkie" would watch those knuckleheads.


This does raise the question, why do those guys get booked?

By Blogger alex, at 1/19/2010 6:29 AM  

"...he purpose of markets or the meaning of democracy..."

Purpose and meaning from the T and V? You gotta be kidding me.

Lind misses the point. Even the "progressive philosopher" and the "conservative theorist' would be debating who won this week and lost last week or the Top Ten reasons why the status quo rocks.

TV is about the drama, the car chase, the horse race. Purpose and meaning have nothing to do with that.

By Blogger gmoke, at 1/19/2010 7:09 PM  

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