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How to Watch a Debate


I don’t write about politics on any of my blogs, and I won’t do it here on Agent Genius. Some of my friends out there in cyberspace know what my views are. I never argue about it and am always fascinated by other peoples points of view. I’ll never change so arguing with me is a waste of time, if you can get me to argue at all. My views on some of the issues change, because my world is not black and white, I see shades of gray too. I listen to the news and it seems like the media is always trying to tell me what I think or what my opinion is. I am not easily influenced, and hate being told what my opinion is.

Do you smell something burning?

This post isn’t about politics it is about how to get the most out of watching candidates debate. The debate between the vice presidential candidates will be held on Thursday October 2 at 9:00 EST. I wouldn’t miss it. I plan to go downtown and get some fresh popcorn from the local candy shop. I would make it myself but lately I have been burning just about everything I cook and the neighbors are tired of all the sirens.

Twitter + Twittervision + Television

The best way to watch the debate is to find a comfortable chair and a TV. I like to set my laptop up so that I can see Twitter vision on one screen and Election 2008 on the other screen. I can watch the world on twitter vision and read what people are saying. The election 2008 site will publish a hash tag that people can use on twitter to discuss the debate. The screen will show the commentary from people using the tag.

Talking Heads Don’t add Value

This is all so much better than listening to the talking heads on TV. I can watch the debate and see the actual reaction to it all over the world without any spin. Just people talking about what is going on. The comments are honest and often insightful. Most won’t have ties on, just the regular people on the internet tweeting up a storm.

Join the fun on Thursday night. Not saying which candidate I think is a joke. Watch and see for yourself. I am not a talking head. I don’t talk much at all, I mostly write.

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Full time REALTOR and licensed broker with Saint Paul Home Realty Realty in St. Paul, Minnesota. Author of, Columnist for Inman News and an avid photographer.



  1. Chris Shouse

    October 1, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    You are so correct on the *Talking Heads* they do not add any value and I do not need them telling me what I heard or telling me how to interpret what I heard.

  2. Chuck G

    October 1, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I keep politics out of my site as well, and I watch very little TV. But I have to admit that there’s a HUGE red circle on my calendar for tomorrow night….

  3. Jim Duncan

    October 1, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    I like the drinking games on Twitter, too.

    Every time Obama says change or McCain says “my friends” (or with the benefit of hindsight, every time Obama says, “John is right” 🙂 – drink up.

    I’m planning to watch the Senate this evening with several drinks in hand.

  4. Bob

    October 1, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I think the replay version on SNL this weekend will be far more entertaining to watch.

  5. Missy Caulk

    October 1, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I like to watch them, and make up my own mind, about who wins or looses. The commentary and after depends on which channel you watch. I’m looking forward to it, and like Jim will watch the vote tonight.

  6. Paula Henry

    October 1, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    I just checked out Twittervision – only, I didn’t see anyone I know. i think I’ll check it out tomorrow night though and see what the reaction is to the debate. Popcorn is a must!

  7. Jason Farris

    October 2, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    popcorn is a popping!

  8. Rhonda Porter

    October 2, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    twittervision is unreal…makes me dizzy! I bet my cats would enjoy watching it. 🙂 The hashtags for the debate is #vpdebate

    Drinking games on Twitter? My life has changed so much from blogging…I don’t even know where to start!

    I wondered if I was going to just have popcorn for dinner or actually make one… a cassoulet is in the oven simmering.

  9. Teresa Boardman

    October 2, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I live twitter vision. debate time. two hash tags #current and #vpedbate

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