Dr. K’s Post Presidential Debate Debrief – Were you persuaded?

October 8, 2012

Turn off the sound and watch the debates, and it is clear who wants to be on the stage, and who doesn’t, clear who wants to win votes and who doesn’t, clear who believes in their case, and who doesn’t. REGARDLESS OF THE FACTS, the style of the communication sends the signal. So what signals did these candidates send?

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Can Obama Find A Persuasive Message On Healthcare Reform?

August 21, 2009

President Barack Obama has struggled to find his footing and shape this debate adequately and persuasively. In part this is because the media gives voice to the loudmouths, and in a shouting match with a mild mannered and reasonable President, this allows the loudmouths to shape the issue.

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Persuasive Communication and the Drive To Discredit – How They Do It, and What You Can Do About It

May 20, 2009

There are the standard negative means of persuasion, such as name calling and casting aspersions, character assassination, negative labeling; presupposition (speaking as if the foundation of their argument is already proven to be true, therefore what they say based on it must also be true);

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Republican Run From Record Is Non Persuasive

April 3, 2009

In an ad titled “They Broke It And Won’t Fix It,” the Dems seek to remind Americans that the damage to our economy and reputation was done before they came to power, and that the people responsible for the damage are now doing all they can to block change and perpetuate the damage. Persuasive? I think they got this ad exactly right.

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Palin or Biden? Who Was More Persuasive?

October 2, 2008

Overall, it looked like a debate of style vs substance. Palin didn’t provide much in the substance department, but did it with style, so she did better than we were all led to expect. And Biden’s “I’m Joe, and I’m one of you!’ style was understated, but he used it to underline plenty of substance, so I think he did better than Palin. At least that’s my initial take on it.

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