26 September 2008

the how to watch/listen to debates/speeches primer

speeches are to be listened to, debates are to be watched. which is why when listening to a major speech, i do so via radio. when watching a debate, i do so with the mute function on.

the words, intonation, and rhythm of a speech are often distorted by a visual image. to eliminate that 'visual static', the radio is a superior tool.

the 'body language' during a debate has a very powerful subliminal effect on the viewer/listener. one can amplify the ability to detect the more subliminal by turning the audio off when watching a debate. and thus minimize the effect of the distorting combat between words/sound and pictures. (periodic 'sound checks' are advisable, to confirm/reassess the effect of the visual, in terms of intonation component of self-assuredness and subject matter)

any major "gaffes" or visual ticks will quickly be reported on internet forums or the major media, thus requiring periodic check-ins with both.

thus far this evening, both candidates appear very compelling/competent visually (with the possible exception of a few minutes in the middle of the debate as McCain's blink-rate and body animation seemed accelerated)

the audio checks revealed both candidates to be more than adequate "presidentiality"-wise. (McCain did not sound "crazy" or "confused" and Obama's famous "ah-uh-ah's" were significantly absent)

the substance of what was said and the opinions/reports of those who watched and listened to the debates will soon be forthcoming. to be read with interest and in earnest. to complete the "personal evaluation" of the debate performances, which then will be contrasted and compared with national polling data.

to me, it sure beats the shit out of soap-operas, reality tv shows, and championship wrestling.