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Love that TV image

Posted: October 8, 2008 8:47 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Neil Postman, author of “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” offers a prophetic voice when he says that television politics offers its viewers a compelling image of themselves in a particular candidate.

According to Postman, the audience is not allowed to decipher the best candidate in an objective and relevant manner. What is flashed across television screens is the most good-looking candidate with the most vibrant charisma and picture-perfect family.

A direct consequence of these circumstances is that issues and shady associations are pushed under the carpet.

As a 22-year-old college student, I have not observed as much in the political realm as older generations. It is, however, more than proper to say that the god-like glamorization of a candidate such as Barack Obama is dangerous to American society.

The substance of a thing gives way to its style. This concept becomes all the more dangerous in a visual media that is dominated by a left-leaning establishment (i.e. where a candidate of the left can get away with the  statement that there are 57 states while a candidate of the right wing cannot escape her ignorance of Supreme Court cases).

Presidential candidates and their running mates are not infallible gods.

The Founding Fathers knew this all too well, even though they themselves did not possess a TV set. Save your rationality from being swayed by the media deification of presidential candidates.

Take a lesson from the 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debates: Use your mind to become informed and not the emotionally-driven eyes to execute your vote.


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