Edmond Chibeau looks at performance and theatre from the avant-garde communication perspective

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Anton Chekov Writes Presidential Debate

Presidential Debate as Theatre
16 October 2012
 Hofstra University
 Chekov writes the debate between Obama and Romney.  “Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.”
 Meme-wars play out in cyber theatres across the technosphere.  The plebiscite gives the edge to Obama, but spin doctors will keep the ball in play.
Guns don’t kill people, unmarried mothers kill people.
The candidates strut and fret their hour upon the cyber-stage and then are heard no more.
When Obama suggested that Romney was not prepared to bring enough women into the work force and companies didn’t hire enough women Romney replied that, “I received binders full of women,” who might make good managers during his time in the private sector.
Before the debate was over the URL for binders full of women had been purchased.  It was taken by Bradley Beychok, the campaign director of the liberal PAC American Bridge.
You can find out who owns what URL at the registry WhoIs.  He bought BindersFullofWomen dot com and BindersFullofWomen dot net.
The rhetoric is measured in Tweets per minute, which is politically more desirable than revolutions per minute.              The Republic is secure when the people speak.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Dan Rather AXS TV not CBS

Dan Rather

Dan Rather
Looking Ahead to the 2012 Elections
Arts and Lecture Series
9 October 2012
   Tonight Dan Rather gave an object lesson in public speaking at ECSU.  He was suave, heartfelt, compassionate, articulate, uplifting and informative. His voice was strong, his points were well taken and his wit was sharp.  81 years on earth and more than 60 years as a practicing journalist have made him wise, knowledgeable and sharp as a tack.
   We were given an overview of the upcoming presidential election and the work he does at his new journalistic home AXS TV
   After 40 years at CBS he was weaseled out by Sumner Redstone and Leslie Moonves because they were afraid of the Bush Whitehouse.  Rather touched on this episode briefly and said it is now behind him but it is related powerfully in his 2012 book, Rather Outspoken.  He talked about election politics and the passion of journalism.  He answered questions and spoke about our responsibilities as citizens in a free society.  But mostly he made the magic that a skilled communicator with a great heart can sometimes achieve.