Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
There will be three presidential and one vice presidential "debates" in October. These are not legitimately debates, they are candidate Q&A. We should not call them debates, it is a misnomer.
The media villagers care more about style than substance, focusing on body language and mannerisms (some networks will even interview so-called body language experts), and one-liners or "zingers" that candidates prepare in advance for the feckless media villagers to yuk it up about in the "spin room" after the debate.
The modern media also has integrated social media into its "reporting." Nothing irritates me more than the scroll at the bottom of the screen with tweets from viewers (most of whom are campaign operatives) and media villagers talking about who tweeted what and who had the best tweet as part of their "reporting." Tweets now matter more to them than the actual news event.
The media villagers have been filling hours of air time and wasting tons of ink on speculation about the debates and how the campaigns are trying to lower expectations or raising expectations, and opining on what the candidates must do to win the media villagers' approval for style points and one-liners because, after all, the media villagers deem themselves the judges of whom is the winner.
The media villagers could be making better use of this vacuous time by informing voters about issues and talking about the substantive differences between the candidates, but that is not what the modern corporate media does. They focus on fluff. The corporate media has completely abandoned its role as the "watchdog of democracy" and is now nothing more than infotainment, viewing themselves as celebrity judges on "American Idol."
Historically, presidential "debates" have rarely moved the electorate, and will not in the modern era of early voting. All this media villager speculation is for their own self-aggrandizement, and talking to one another about their importance in spinning the debates instead of informing the voters about substantive issues.
People often decry how uninformed the American public is on major issues, but a significant part of the blame for the dumbing down of the electorate lies with the corporate media culture.