Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni - Memo to Obama: Remake the Bully Pulpit

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"many of the tried and true on camera techniques may need to go out the window now that everyone's got a camera."

@Valeria - Right on the money!

@Peter - Your point might be the hardest to execute, but I like how you expanded on the idea. We can signal interest in such small ways - remembering what someone said, responding by addressing what she said... yes, many of the tried and true on camera techniques may need to go out the window now that everyone's got a camera.

@Neil - a healthy discussion also depend on the willingness to set the tone. It's also up to citizens (as it is with any community) to do so. A sort of positive wave, if you will.

I agree with your premise. Let the cabinet secretaries out in front of the cameras and so on -- and do not punish them if they are a bit "off message."

That could go a long way to healthy public discussion, which is something we have not had in a long time in this country.

Unfortunately, people with their trite little comments are a dime a dozen and ready to put there vile little comments everywhere. That sort of thing is what has ruined real political dialogue in this country.

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