the great debate

Almost 40 years ago, history was made, when the first televised Presidential debates were aired. Televisions were no longer a novelty item, and most American homes had a TV set, which enabled more than 60 million American viewers (and voters!) to tune in. A series of four debates was aired between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and it’s said that President Kennedy won the election because of his television presence. When compared to Nixon, Kennedy was obviously the better looking of the two, he was younger, he was fit, athletic looking, tanned, and well rested. By comparison, Nixon was ill, had lost weight, wore poor fitting clothing, and refused to wear makeup on television. When it came time to head to the polls, half of all votes said that the televised debates influenced their opinion, and 6% said they made their votes based solely on the televised debates.

I’ll admit to being influenced by how a candidate appeared on television as well. I was impressed by the charisma displayed by Bill Clinton, and how he was able to speak to young people as a peer, and not talk down to young voters. I watched him play the sax on late night TV, and I listened to someone on MTV ask him, “Boxers or briefs?” It was that impression he made on me, via the television, along with where he stood on the issues that gave him my vote in the first election I participated in.

Technology is one again changing how the American voters look at their candidates and the issues. At the Avot mV product site, you can select from a variety of entertaining video channels, among of which is a channel for politics. The site offers two channels, one for republican candidates, the other for democratic candidates, and is accessible from either the internet or your mobile phone. By visiting the Avot mV official blog you’ll learn more about this video delivery platform designed for mobile phones like my AT&T8525 and the iPhone, but in a nutshell, it gives you quick access to any web-based video. Downloads are quick, the quality is crisp, and the selection is wide and varied. The smart search capabilities will weed out what you’re not interested in and only provide you with the content you prefer, allowing you to create playlists and share favorites through an integrated messaging service. Visit the Avot mV corporate site to learn more about the new technology available and how it’s going to change things for the next forty years.

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