Live giffing the debates. Tumblr staff is excitedly promising that they will deploy their resources to make gifs rapid-fire during the debates to, in their words, capture “the best debate moments, from zingers to gaffes to awkward silences.” This…
Can we still honestly call the shenanigans a debate? As someone who struggles with reading, gifs and lists may have helped me better understand what was going on politically at an earlier age. Rarely was I able to complete reading assignments in school and to this day, I’m begging for remote access to our work network to “catch up” on reading outside of normal office hours so to pile on lengthy political analysis most of which won’t be retained seems like a waste of time. In part because of feeling inadequate, I didn’t vote but once in my twenties and then again in the last election. Are sarcastic gifs the answer to engaging an overworked, semi-illiterate populace? Probably not. But I do kind of wish Roseanne Barr and some of the other fringe political characters would start Tumblrs for the disbursing of editorial musings. Even better would be a box on the ballot to mark I don’t know.