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    • I did watch the debate last night and I have to say it was a painful experience. The use of the word debate to describe the quick question and answer format is unfortunate. I would love to see the current format scrappped - and I think your suggestion of using experienced debate moderators is huge.

    • If the DNC proposed replacing the debates with a 12 episode Survivor-style reality TV show starring the presidential candidates I guarantee every major network would be clamoring to carry it. And a lot more Americans would probably watch it. Sometimes I feel like that’s the direction we’re heading and it’s deeply upsetting.

    • Jim,

      I think that what you are describing is part of the incremental process of our society changing from an objective based perception of reality to a subjective based perception of reality.

      I am not referencing those aspects of our culture whose roots are over 150 years old but rather those aspects of our culture which have come into existence since the end of World War II. The adult generation of World War II was an objective "Sergeant Friday" based generation. But for the most part, those generations which have arisen since have been more experiential than rigorously logical. Most of the candidates for the Democratic party's nomination focus more on how people experience life than they do on long term logical strategies which tend to ignore the short-term tragedies.

      Classical debate is a objective, logic based activity which historically has not rewarded subjective argumentation. This may be the reason that in recent decades that form of debating has become less common than it was during the first 200 years of the United States.