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    Audience in Debates Needed?

    My friend at another forum brought this up

    Quote Originally Posted by Crazybone126 View Post
    This is why I haven't watched the debates. They REALLY need to get rid of the audience. There doesn't need to be an audience at Presidential debates. Why? Because it loses the purpose. Instead of saying logical and sound things, they just try to gain a round of applause from the audience. Unfortunately, there's psychological advantages with that. As soon as an audience claps, most people automatically think what was said was a good thing. OR, people don't even hear what was initially said.
    Would it be better if there wasn't an audience at these debates? See how there position comes out without a applause or boo. No "oooowww, no he didn't" meaninglessness instigation or the applaud "oh, he is probably correct" when watching on tv.

    Has such a debate happen and do you think this is worth experimenting?

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Yes. No audience. Unless you can remove audience applause and displays. Plants in audiences happen and they can sway the debate.
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonxe View Post
    My friend at another forum brought this up

    Would it be better if there wasn't an audience at these debates? See how there position comes out without a applause or boo. No "oooowww, no he didn't" meaninglessness instigation or the applaud "oh, he is probably correct" when watching on tv.

    Has such a debate happened and do you think this is worth experimenting?

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    There were some televised Presidential debates in 1960 that did not have a studio audience. I think Newt Gingrich proposed such a thing in 2007. The media influence on debates is massive. Networks have their own agendas for how debates are handled, when they occur, how much audience interaction is allowed, etc. See this narrative regarding the Ford/Carter debate(s) in 1976.

    It’s unfortunate that even moderators seem to typically have an agenda – probably due to the fact that they are always tied to a network. Why not ask a pure policy question to the candidates and then have the candidates debate it? Most moderators pick and choose who gets what question and the questions are typically designed to point in a particular direction - or, they begin as accusations instead of policy questions.
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    I think the partisans were hoping for a more positive reaction from the audience that would enhance their position...its been doing just the opposite and I think you will see a move to end live audiences or at least muffle their responses

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    The audience is irrelevant as the debates are staged in the first place.
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Audiences disrupt the debate with partisan applause. It's way better to debate with no studio audience.

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonxe View Post
    My friend at another forum brought this up



    Would it be better if there wasn't an audience at these debates? See how there position comes out without a applause or boo. No "oooowww, no he didn't" meaninglessness instigation or the applaud "oh, he is probably correct" when watching on tv.

    Has such a debate happen and do you think this is worth experimenting?

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    It would be better for people watching the debates on TV but not for the nominees doing the debating.
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    To OP, yes, I think an audience is needed or else democrats like myself will just say "source" or "bad source".

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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    It's nice to have the people you're pandering to in the room with you when you do it.

    Other than that, studio audiences aren't necessary. Laugh tracks can always be added in the control room anyway.
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    Re: Audience in Debates Needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    The audience is irrelevant as the debates are staged in the first place.
    Yeah, well you are staged.

    And I like the audiences, they ask stupid questions and clap/cheer at stupid times and it gives me great joy. And then I can come here and watch people bitch/defend it.
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