If you're anything like me, chances are you'll probably be spending a little bit of time today tuning into the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It's too gargantuan of a debate not to. But I'm also the kind of person who enjoys the energy of it all, as well as how they're are organised, structured and executed.
In actual fact, the lead-up to the debate is often more fun than the debate itself.
But I don't want to get into the nitty gritty about what's going to happen between those two; there'll be a thread for that. Instead, I'd like to use today's off topics to discuss debates more broadly.
What debates have left a mark on you? What moments do you remember that really left a mark, that changed your position on things?
Here's a few moments that come to mind for me:
- Ronald Reagan's line about his opponent's youth and inexperience.
- The year the "worm" was first introduced to Australian televised debates.
- Keating's line about "fairies in the gutter".
- It's not a debate moment per se, but that bloke who threw the shoe at Howard on Q&A.
Another thing is the kind of people who talk to others like they're always in a debate, or the ones who approach everything like a form of debate.
I can understand the appeal of that, questioning everything, breaking everything down to first principles and building up the foundations of an idea again. It can get a little tiring socially though, especially if you've had a long day and you somehow find yourself in the centre of quasi-intellectual combat.
What do you think?