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I didn’t watch the President’s speech last night, so I cannot comment on Andrew Sullivan’s opinion of how George W. Bush appeared, but Andrew’s later observation that Bush may have come across better on regular TV than on the high-def contraption he (Andrew) was watching prompted this observation from Kevin Drum:

Clearly we’re seeing a technology paradigm shift at work. Just as Richard Nixon “lost” the 1960 debate because, although he sounded fine on radio, he looked bad on TV, so modern politicians are going to have to learn to look good even when they’re looming over their audience on 80-inch HD plasma screens. Looking good on a scratchy 32-inch tube doesn’t cut it anymore. I predict booming business for a whole new generation of media advisors and skin care consultants.
 Depressingly, I suspect that he’s right.


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