I think she spoke for MANY people (me) who are feeling exactly the same.
Technology has changed elections in many ways. Television, social media, and computers have made it a vastly different playing field than it was 60 years ago.
Personally I am very disappointed in the way it has evolved. Hateful emails and TV commercials have been bombarding us for months, spewing anger and venom. To me it seems as though the push is “you better vote for me because the other guy will mess you up!” They are one step away from 3rd grade playground behavior “Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!”
All negative, all the time. 😦
It was 60 years ago that the first computer was used in a Presidential election. Some of my readers (along with me) might remember UNIVAC. 1952 was the first time that computers were used to help predict the outcome. UNIVAC took up most of a whole room, a marvelous “electronic brain”. Yes, UNIVAC made the correct call for that election. You can read all about it, here.
About the same time, television was being used to promote the candidates.
Here is a television ad for Dwight D Eisenhower for that election in 1952:
And here is a commercial for John F Kennedy just a few years later.
Just watch this Kennedy commercial. You can’t help but feel good.
I was too young (way too young) to vote for either of these fellows, but I wish we could bring back some of the “happy” feel to the election process of today.
As I step into the voting booth I’ll be thinking of Ike and John and wishing I could vote for one of them with their “feel good” commercials.