Biden’s Dementia? + David Carr

WHAT IS THIS? Fox had a pyschiatrist on their show who analyzed Biden’s debate performance and believes he showed signs of dementia, and would have liked to test his blood alcohol level. How is this OK in any world? Clearly it’s for ratings, even the last line is sarcastically said, “we won’t see this on the web.”

In other, more sensible news, David Carr’s latest piece assuages those who fear debates have no sway anymore, using data to prove people love spectacles, and even in a world seemingly dominated by social media, want to watch spectacles on a big screen as part of a group. I leave you with Carr’s question:

“And the use of social media, far from pulling away audiences, tends to create a magnetism around big event television. Even those with only a marginal interest in the matter find themselves pulled in by the conversational water cooler that springs up on Facebook and Twitter […] have the hundreds of millions spent on political ads and social media outreach been dwarfed by a single unpaid media event?”

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