Stepping into Gregory Payne’s office on the eighth floor of the Walker Building is like entering a political time warp. Photos of the professor with presidents past, memorabilia from countless election campaigns, and stacks of books on politics fill the walls and shelves.
The marketplace does many things well, but television is a unique industry. It has been continuously demonstrated, for example, that mass media shapes our perceptions and behaviors.
If anyone seeking such a high power position could address a resolution to the economic crisis or the unrest in the Middle East in 90 seconds, we are all in trouble. Debates, however, do give the candidates a chance to articulate to a global audience a summary of their short and long term agenda for the next four years.