First debate down, three more to go
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 19:10
The issue: Microsoft offers incentive for watching debates
Our stance: People young and old need to get out and vote!
As most of you know, the first presidential debate took place on Oct. 3 at University of Denver. President Obama and Governor Romney took the stage and journalist Jim Lehrer was the moderator for the evening.
There’s almost not much of a point in discussing the actual content of the debate here. The land of social networking and instantly updating fact-checking and news websites has done plenty of that for everyone. There are countless videos on YouTube that have to do with the debate itself. The only way to really know what was said, though, is to watch. Get involved. Then, discuss with your family and friends, and possibly try to sift through the endless information the Internet has to offer on the subject. This, like all elections, is an important part of life as an American.
Plus, this year there are incentives out there for some. It seems as though certain companies are trying to do their part in getting people to vote. Specifically, Microsoft is offering a free Halo 4 warrior avatar outfit to any Xbox live rewards member who watches three or four of the debates on Xbox live. This shows the emphasis on getting younger people to watch the presidential debates and cast their votes.
Nickelodeon’s stars are on Nick commercials and TeenNick.com talking about how important it is for people to vote and how excited they are to vote. After the first debate, Kel Mitchell (of Nickelodeon fame) was on UStream talking about his reactions. It may not be much, but it’s something to see someone try to motivate the younger generation to take part in the election.
Your vote counts. Be the absolute most informed you can be when you cast that ballot on Nov. 6. Watch debates, research candidates.
The last day to register to vote in November’s election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The Vice-Presidential Debate takes place on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.
The next Presidential Debate takes place on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.