Friday, October 29, 2010

The Most Mean-Spirited Election Ever?

So many of my students and others I talk to think every election we have is the worst, most mean-spirited, most bare-knuckled ever. It's not. It's the way its always been. The difference: television and advertising means that citizens are continually bombarded by negative messages. But our American politics has always been negative, especially during campaign season.

Check out this video about the Election of 1800.

Hat Tip: Political Wire


Kevin M. Pitts said...

I did a speech on negative campaigning throughout the years for an English class my first year. It's funny to me that people think that negative campaigns are something that only came about in the last few decades or since the advent of television advertising....

Anonymous said...

At least they sounded fancy when they went negative

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