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(NPR)   Yes, someone had to write an article expressing concern over the damaging role that political debate drinking games may have on our society   (npr.org) divider line 40
    More: Stupid, physical effects, society, Bob Schieffer  
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2012-10-23 12:16:12 AM
I'll drink to that
 
2012-10-23 01:06:35 AM
People play these games as a tacit reminder that most of our politics are useless, relying on stupid phrases and talking points. That's always been the case, but in those days we had a press with teeth that would call bullsh*t.

That, or we just like to drink. I sure as hell do.
 
2012-10-23 03:32:05 AM
...what?

/still drunk
//had Libya and nuclear on the word list *hic*
 
2012-10-23 03:35:05 AM
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2012-10-23 03:37:01 AM
Still drinking, I couldn't keep up with my own game and well, I think it's now more out of remorse for America that anyone still finds Romney a credible candidate.
 
2012-10-23 03:42:20 AM
Look, old person writing for NPR, let me fill you in on some developments you may have missed since deciding to only come in for one hour a day when you were given your journalistic tenure in 1975:

In the 1980s, an international network of computerized devices capable of near-instantaneous transmission of text data was conceptualized and implemented by some nerds. Over the '90s it gradually proliferated, until essentially the entire nation had some level of regular exposure to the medium in the late '90s.

In the early 2000s this mysterious newfangled interweaving of obscure and arcane shiat beyond the comprehension of mere mortals (much like the blinking 12:00 on your Betamax player) matured into a fairly reliable rapid-dissemination informational network, rapidly distributing news, commentary, and pornography to basically anyone with any level of interest whatsoever, free of the previous geographical restrictions on such things. By 2007 or so, most people could and did easily simply type things like "Obama 2008 campaign platform" into a digital indexing service called a 'search engine' and receive not only a list of literally everything anyone in the entire world had written on the subject, but a list of current and older news citations sorted by relevance in an impressively reliable fashion.

Further, by 2010 the majority of the population could get constant updates on any subject of their choosing, again form basically any source they like without the old "you have to wait for the paper, and you only get what your local paper wants to tell you" paradigm you're used to, grandpa. This means that a press release in, say, a GOP district directed at supporters could easily make its way to a registered Democrat in San Jose if it mentioned something he'd thought to add to his search terms. This meant that no one had to wait for an analyst to do basic investigative reporting and dredge through all the campaign materials for them and present the highlights, they could easily do it in ten minutes during their coffee break. From their phone.

As of 2009, most political campaigns have adapted to this, and release their materials early and with great frequency, and most voters have similarly adapted to gradually learn about the candidates for most national and state (at least) elections, instead of having to wait for the TV debates (now literally years later than the beginning of the campaigns) to find out what the candidates stand for. This is by now so easy that pre-teens not only can, but routinely do become more politically informed than anyone outside an actual campaign office on a regular basis, six months or more before any debating is even planned.

In short, we drink and play games during the debate because the only people that haven't made up their minds by this point are, by modern standards, so damningly, terminally farking stupid that they're bound to die of forgetting how to breathe any day now. For the rest of us, who like everyone with an IQ of 55+ have already picked our candidates for every national race, the debates are a chance to relax, hang out, and root for our chosen horse a bit, which we can do without devaluing the race's importance at all because for non-trisomy patients all the important parts of the campaign concluded over a month ago.

//Short version: The author of TFA is pretty clearly too stupid to live. I expect it will be impossible to read his inevitable obituary without wincing. I'll put a few bucks on him somehow managing to choke on a roomba upon mistaking it for a belt-onion or something similar.
 
2012-10-23 03:49:52 AM
If my vote meant a goddamned thing and if I weren't choosing between the black corporate whore in favor of extra-constitutional civilian killing drone strikes, internal surveillance, war on drugs, eternal copyright, and indefinite incarceration without charges and the white corporate whore in favor of extra-constitutional civilian killing drone strikes, internal surveillance, war on drugs, eternal copyright, and indefinite incarceration without charges maybe I wouldn't need to drink!

(Yes, I'll vote third party, but have no illusions that will do anything either.)
 
2012-10-23 03:51:35 AM
I rtook a drink evbery time Romney lied. I;m prffecly fime.
 
2012-10-23 03:51:50 AM

Jim_Callahan: The author of TFA is pretty clearly too stupid to live.


Uh, you do realize that author works for NPR??? Not even one that had the ability on the casting couch to get on the air. NPR online.

Let me repeat that.

NPR online.
 
2012-10-23 03:52:29 AM
He said "political debate drinking games".
Drink!
Then divide by zero.
 
2012-10-23 03:54:47 AM
Anyone else find it creepy the rent-a-quote expert they found to denounce drinking games kept using the term 'legal alchohol limit' as if that was a thing? If you aren't operating a motor vehicle or drunk in public, there is no such thing.
 
2012-10-23 03:55:58 AM
Like society needs an excuse to drink.
 
2012-10-23 04:09:08 AM
If it makes more people watch the debates I'm all for it. I don't participate but I know that somewhere out their are some frat bros who watched the debate for the drinking game and accidentally may have picked up some knowledge about politics.
 
2012-10-23 04:11:01 AM

ozarkmatt: Jim_Callahan: The author of TFA is pretty clearly too stupid to live.

Uh, you do realize that author works for NPR??? Not even one that had the ability on the casting couch to get on the air. NPR online.

Let me repeat that.

NPR online.


I never said it was a surprise that he's too stupid to live.
 
2012-10-23 04:23:37 AM

griffin2000: Anyone else find it creepy the rent-a-quote expert they found to denounce drinking games kept using the term 'legal alchohol limit' as if that was a thing? If you aren't operating a motor vehicle or drunk in public, there is no such thing.


And if you're in WA, even if you're in public
 
2012-10-23 04:24:30 AM
Fail..

Even if you're in public It's not a thing. So drink up and bike or walk home!
 
2012-10-23 04:27:50 AM
Look, people have been playing drinking games since it was "Grog say 'ugh'! Drink!" Political drinking games are just the latest spin.

It's cute that there are people still so naive, but sad and scary that they actually write for NPR.
 
2012-10-23 04:36:28 AM

ozarkmatt: Jim_Callahan: The author of TFA is pretty clearly too stupid to live.

Uh, you do realize that author works for NPR??? Not even one that had the ability on the casting couch to get on the air. NPR online.

Let me repeat that.

NPR online.


even professional bowlers don't throw 300 every game. sorry about that analogy. very sorry.
 
2012-10-23 04:44:01 AM
ozarkmatt: Jim_Callahan: The author of TFA is pretty clearly too stupid to live.

Uh, you do realize that author works for NPR??? Not even one that had the ability on the casting couch to get on the air. NPR online.

Let me repeat that.

NPR online.


U sound like white trash.
 
2012-10-23 04:46:15 AM
Tawnos: Fail..

Even if you're in public It's not a thing. So drink up and bike or walk home!


Some places, you can be busted for DUI/DWI while on a bike.
 
2012-10-23 04:58:06 AM

Jim_Callahan: so damningly, terminally farking stupid that they're bound to die of forgetting how to breathe any day now.


I like you
 
2012-10-23 05:11:03 AM

ComicBookGuy: Tawnos: Fail..

Even if you're in public It's not a thing. So drink up and bike or walk home!

Some places, you can be busted for DUI/DWI while on a bike.


Yep, but not WA, because that's a farking stupid law. "hurr, we take your license, now you have to bike"
 
2012-10-23 05:35:15 AM

Jim_Callahan: Look, old person writing for NPR, let me fill you in on some developments you may have missed since deciding to only come in for one hour a day when you were given your journalistic tenure in 1975:

In the 1980s ...


the 1980's called, DRINK!
 
2012-10-23 06:15:36 AM

Jim_Callahan: In short, we drink and play games during the debate because the only people that haven't made up their minds by this point are, by modern standards, so damningly, terminally farking stupid that they're bound to die of forgetting how to breathe any day now.


You sir are clearly not drunk, but seem stoned instead. Of course getting baked while watching a debate is just as good a choice as drinking yourself into a comma.

As for your point on undecided voters, I would like to know how many "undecided" people that the media has dredged up for these instant after the debate polls are full of shiat. Just like the "undecided" at the second debate, they know who they support, yet they are claiming to be undecided to try to sway the truly undecided to support their candidate. Of course that doesn't work if NO ONE IS REALLY UNDECIDED!

Well at least those who are going to bother to vote. If you don't know who your going to vote for at this point, you also probably don't know where to go to vote. Even if you did, you certainly don't care enough to be bothered to go stand in line to actually vote.

One last point for those that say they vote, but don't really bother to go vote. You should know that there is a special place in hell for you; an extra pleasant little corner of eternal torment.
 
2012-10-23 07:07:39 AM

griffin2000: Anyone else find it creepy the rent-a-quote expert they found to denounce drinking games kept using the term 'legal alchohol limit' as if that was a thing? If you aren't operating a motor vehicle or drunk in public, there is no such thing.


Came here to say this. I can get as drunk as I want and there no law that can tell me otherwise. So fark off, Prof James Garbutt, you farking killjoy.
 
2012-10-23 07:36:29 AM
Someone here clearly missed the point that most Internet drinking games are not meant to be played: they're satirical essays, mocking the predictable and repetitive nature of the events in question using an unorthodox format.

Then again, our political debates have become repetitive and predictable enough that you can make plausible drinking games about them. It could be argued that this is a damaging thing in and of itself.
 
2012-10-23 07:47:32 AM
Today's secret word is...TUMULT!
 
2012-10-23 08:05:57 AM
I was under the impression drinking games were the reason most people even watched the debates.

Like publicity, any type of political engagement is a good thing.
 
2012-10-23 08:09:46 AM
every time a candidate tells the truth, take a drink

bring back prohibition

/problem solved
 
2012-10-23 08:20:56 AM
Is there an NPR drinking game?
 
2012-10-23 08:31:49 AM
I drank because I did not have "Tumult" as a drinking word.
 
2012-10-23 09:10:49 AM
wambu: Is there an NPR drinking game?

Every time the term "African-American" is used in reference to blacks, take a drink.

Every time someone went to an elite private college or university, plus Berkeley, apeaks, take a drink.

That's probably all you need to meet John Bonham and Bon Scott.
 
2012-10-23 09:24:36 AM
More money well spent, such hard hitting journalism
 
2012-10-23 09:26:24 AM

ComicBookGuy: wambu: Is there an NPR drinking game?

Every time the term "African-American" is used in reference to blacks, take a drink.

Every time someone went to an elite private college or university, plus Berkeley, apeaks, take a drink.

That's probably all you need to meet John Bonham and Bon Scott.


Chug through the entirety of a Diane Rehm sentence. Only Beer, unless you like death.
 
2012-10-23 09:31:02 AM
Eminem looks PISSED in that photo.
 
2012-10-23 09:46:18 AM

BigBooper:

You sir are clearly not drunk, but seem stoned instead. Of course getting baked while watching a debate is just as good a choice as drinking yourself into a comma.



Hey, don't knock commas 'til you've tried 'em, buddy!
 
2012-10-23 10:15:29 AM

BigBooper: You sir are clearly not drunk, but seem stoned instead. Of course getting baked while watching a debate is just as good a choice as drinking yourself into a comma.


Drinking yourself into a comma is for lightweights. Be a man; drink yourself into a semicolon at the absolute least, and an interrobang if you can manage.
 
2012-10-23 10:55:46 AM
Look, if you expect me to listen to Rmoney's bullshait for 90 freakin' minutes, you're a lot thinker than you drunk I am.

\and may Dobbs help us all if Mitt gets elected. It will be like Dubya on steroids with the tea party calling all the shots.
 
2012-10-23 01:36:50 PM
Last night was the first debate in years that I stayed completely sober for.

Must have been Romney's constant plugging of Obama's policy.
 
2012-10-23 02:52:17 PM

inthesticks: Today's secret word is...TUMULT!


Damn it. I thought today's secret word was moist. It's right there on the main page!
 
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