In the Loop

In the Loop: June 23, 2008 Archive

Presidential candidate debate . . . in 140 characters or less

Posted at 12:30 PM on June 23, 2008 by Sanden Totten

Last Twitter post for a while, I promise. But I couldn't pass the chance to share this info with you loyal loopsters: Twitter is currently hosting a presidential candidate debate!

Obama and McCain have both assigned representatives from their staff to argue platforms using Twitter. For McCain, it's Liz Mair. Obama is represented by Mike Nelson. The crowd on Twitter is asking questions and a moderator is making sure each debater gives an honest to goodness answer. If you want to check out the debate you can search the Twitter aggregator Summize for the tag #pdfdebate and read everything related to this event. Or you can click here.

The power and pain in Twitter is that each post must be very short. Like, two sentences short. This doesn't leave a lot of room for the debaters to monkey around. Perhaps the best way for them to remain deep yet vague given the size constraint is to go for a haiku. Some folks on Twitter have already thrown out a few examples:

The economy. It will continue to suck it up. But he makes it worse.

My opponent whines Like a puppy wanting treats But the vote is "nay"

He dances around / Issues and positions change / Why vote for that guy?

Have a debate Haiku of your own?

June 2008
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30          


Master Archive

MPR News
Radio

Listen Now

Other Radio Streams from MPR

Classical MPR
Radio Heartland

Services