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406 days ago.
by Ohwiseone
harryanderson
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Retail politics decline a good thing?

Sandhya Somashekhar has an article in today’s Washington Post about the general decline of hand-shaking retail politics. That story’s lead says, “Congressional hopefuls from California to Delaware are shunning the traditional trappings of campaigns, avoiding public events, debates and other venues where they can't control the action.” Today’s politicians rely on targeted direct-mail advertising and electronic media. It occurs to me that only skilled public relations people like actors may have a shot at being elected in the future. We’ve already seen entertainment figures with little problem-solving experience, like Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzeneggar, move easily into elected office. This trend probably reflects our move away from face-to-face communication and toward electronically-mediated communication. Is this good or bad? Why?

 
 

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Kunectdots

ok, neocurmudgeon74. I'll give my interpretation of the acceptance of prepackaged politicians.

I believe it can be largely attributed to the overall dumbing down of America and, in that, both major US political parties are culpable.

I am slanted toward being resentful toward the party that presently displays a drive toward turning America into another Third-world slum and is content with bribing the Indians to sell their heritage for twenty-four dollars worth of bobbles and beads.

Sorry about that, wrong century! Try bribing the indigenous peoples with "free" cell phones is more apropos.

Posted 410 days ago.

harryanderson

I like your post, neocurdle.

Posted 410 days ago.

neocurmudgeon74

Back to the question: It is a bad thing.

Candidates have always been packaged as products (at least beginning no later than William Henry Harrison's "Tippecanoe & Tyler too" campaign. Since 1840, information flows more & more easily through improved media. This should make it easier to see though the packaging, but packaging also gets better. Sometimes we learn more, but right now I'd guess packaging is pulling ahead. Work for better use of media. Including this one; this site could be a shining example of open-minded impartial exploration, but it isn't.

Posted 410 days ago.

Kunectdots

ohwiseone - You'd do well to stay out of the sauce when trying to express yourself. WOW!

Posted 411 days ago.

Kunectdots

AND I believe you're quite capable of saying your reaching back and, in reality, pulling out some BS that doesn't exist.

Posted 411 days ago.

Kunectdots

Care to cite some examples, or are you going to say something rivetingly 'definitive' like your neighbor's grandmother told you so?

Posted 411 days ago.

Kunectdots

ohwiseone - I almost caught a whiff of 'oneill' with your last comment.

Oneill (IMO) was/is too much of a commentary junkie to have walked away from these threads cleanly.

I think he still exists...here and now.

Posted 412 days ago.

mythravere

The problem doesn't lie with me not voting but rather with those that do and do so stupidly.

Posted 426 days ago.

mythravere

In regards to the topic my vote is that its a bad thing. Tremendously bad to be honest. That kind of thing opens us up to being "fed" someone who says one thing and does another.

Rather like Obama.

We will stop seeing candidates and start seeing products being pitched to us.

Posted 426 days ago.

harry said this:

"I think you've confused me with someone else, and I don't know what you mean by "the Lily days." "

LOL He does not remember Lily.

Posted 427 days ago.

Look on page 13 for another thread started by harry, and Dick Cheney,aka lily replied.

now I know harry is a democrat. Obama, et al, can be shown a tape where he said something, and he says he did not say it. Beam me up, Scottie.

Posted 427 days ago.

What is this, harry? Dick Cheney,aka Lily, replied to it.They have removed her posts, but it still has her name there.

Amnesia, harry?

Posted 427 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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