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It may be old news to some of you, but I just found out that this exists...
”Titanic: the Legend Goes on”
From the year 2000, a Disney-style animated movie with both human and talking animal characters... about the sinking of the Titanic. It is... boy... it is somethin’ else.
Oh... and there’s a rapping dog.
So, as far as I can tell, the way we do debates in this country is truly embarrassing.
On both the left and the right, here are how most debate questions go.
Moderator: “How would you handle X?”
Candidate: “Thank you for asking that very important question. Here’s a canned response I have prepared which is loosely connected to X.”
Here’s my idea.
The candidates get the questions a week ahead of time, and four days later, they must release their answers to their opponents. The opponents must release their responses 24 hours before the debate.
At debate time, each candidate gives the (prepared) answers, and the opponents give the (prepared) responses.
Then, a much more substantive debate can take place.
This works ideally for a 2 person debate, but I think some version could work for a multi person debate.
Sorry if anyone else has pointed this out, but I just came across the IMDb page of the writer and (I think?) show runner for the series, and well... it’s surprising.
This just came to mind but, here are two (additional) things that Jim and Aron do really well.
They find the "sweet spot" between two sets of (related) annoying extremes.
1. Some podcasts seem like they are just winging it. They are just sort of shooting the sh*t about this or that tv show or movie. At the same time, some other podcasts feel almost scripted... they are a little over-produced.
When it comes to Bald Move - however - it's clear that Jim and Aron have done their homework. They've put in a lot of time preparing for the cast, but they still maintain a very informal, conversational tone with their coverage.
2. Some podcasts will just chase any rabbit trail. It's almost as if they think a longer podcast is always better, so there's no reason to reign it in when they find something (anything) to talk about. At the same time, some other podcasts won't explore any topic if it's not absolutely, directly related to the show.
When it comes to Bald Move - however - Jim and Aron will occasionally take a digression. They will offer some anecdote from their personal life. They will chase a few rabbit trails... but they pretty much never do so in a way that is annoying, or meandering.