Television debate is destroying politics.

Television debate is destroying politics.

The day that politicians stopped explaining their intentions, beliefs and convictions to the public in written form, was the day that democracy died.

P.S. By the way I just deleted my twitter account. The above comment is too long to be posted!

P.P.S. Please re-tweet.


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Why do I think this is so? Because:

It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. ~Robert Southey

It is already easy to cause dramatic over-reaction on the internet…

Talking in person, in real life, in spoken words, on TV, etc., it is impossible not to be brief (unlike in writing, where it is difficult to be brief), because the time and space available for discourse is briefer, but unfortunately the possibility of hurting the other side by humiliating them in public is much greater.

Multiplied by a billion for each individual you add to the conversation as a judgmental bystander.

So we either need month-long debates, (bye bye favourite shows, except for the people who love politics). Or we need 10,000 word essays. You decide :)

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2 thoughts on “Television debate is destroying politics.

  1. If you do want to post it on twitter (here it is under 140 characters):
    The day politicians stopped explaining their intentions, beliefs and
    convictions to the public in writing, was the day that democracy
    died.

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