Early today I had planned to write a thoughtful response to the first ever “user-generated” presidential debate. But then I got all busy and stuff and didn’t find the time.
So here’s my two cents: The questions were excellent, well thought-out, and asked in an unusual, personal way that should have prompted the candidates to respond more candidly than they usually do. They didn’t. For the most part, they gave prepared answers. And you wouldn’t expect them to shoot from the hip. There’s too much at stake. But at least try to sound like people and not robots.
For more detailed analysis check out some of these sites:
- YouTube Makes On-Stage Debut in Political Discourse – NewTeeVee
- Highlights from the CNN/YouTube Debates – Mashable
- Obama, Clinton Clash in YouTube Debate – Reuters
- Novel Debate Format, but Same Old Candidates – New York Times