Thanks to Gary Johnson and Jill Stein for participating in the world’s first ever online debate. The world was witness to not only the wonders of a new technology, but patient with its introduction to American politics. More importantly, credit has to be given to the candidates and IVN participants: real questions from real people with real responses.
There was no script for tonight’s debate and there is no replacement for the opportunity that technology has given to break down the barriers of political participation. Governor Gary Johnson, from a hotel in Laramie, Wyoming got through an internet connection issue and some audio feedback from Dr. Jill Stein in Seattle, Washington. In due time, the technology smoothed. The former Governor of New Mexico covered NDAA, white-collar crime, and other huge issues that go largely undiscussed in the conventional dialogue. Dr. Stein gave articulate answers and communicate an alternative vision from the two “mainstream” presidential candidates.
But what was most important in the debate was the common respect that Governor Johnson and Jill Stein gave each other: Recognizing common agreements, articulating alternative answers rather than personal attacks, and allowing each other to finish their sentences.
A bit of etiquette can go a long way to elevating the level of civil discourse in America. And with a bit of technology, we can get there. Thank you.
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Sound and technical issues* aside this was wonderful!
If you can do another (or several!) please do, these are great ideas that should be spread.
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Host another Hangout during the next debate
Answer the questions asked of the other two candidates in real time.
Take the your recorded Hangout on Air and edit it into the mainstream debate and repost it
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* I think the feedback was due to other computers in the room that were 'tuned in' or having the headset/mics plugged in while computer speakers were also making noise. Also your connections seemed slow, you should plugin an Ethernet cord if possible. Realize the full power of your tubes!
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any possibility of getting a transcript of the debate? trying to listen to it is triggering a migraine. surprised its not available for deaf voters...
This style of debate lends itself well to helping viewers think for themselves. In a way, both candidates present their views and point out differences, it is then up to the viewer to think about this information. A typical presidential debate is essentially telling you not to vote for the other guy because he is dangerous. The informational focus by Johnson and Stein is what voters need.
I listened to the entire debate and really appreciated the focus on the issues and different views articulated in clear, concise responses that adhered to the time allotted. I think many voters will find this style of debate and openness to participation refreshing, but the technical glitches do need to be ironed out to keep everyone's interest and convey a sense of professionalism. I hope you will not hesitate in the future to reach out to your network of followers to get assistance and training with the technology. I think even some custom add ins to the Google+ hangout would be beneficial such as a countdown clock, and "pass the mic" style muting which could be controlled by the moderator.
This debate was awesome. The candidates spoke eloquently about the issues at hand and actually addressed the questions posed to the by the moderators. Neither candidate attacked the other and this wasn't no yelling a match or ego-pumper, it was a real conversation! Definitely set the bar for what debates should be like...
The Reverb and difficulties during this video makes this almost unbearable to watch! I am so dissappointed. I would suggest that connections and setttings be tested prior to the debate?
As 1 of the many people involved in a divorce across the nation I was wondering, What is your position on parental alienation a parental kidnapping? Do you feel the custody court is biased, leaning towards favoring the woman and simply the court making money? What would you do to restore true equal parenting rights in a fair, affordable,and reasonable way that truly is the least at your mental wait for the children at all involved.
Something truly groundbreaking yesterday evening - the format was beneficial for a civil discourse between the two candidates. There was no talking over each other, no personal attacks or mudslinging, and tons of viewers tuned it. A great success.