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Thursday, July 05, 2007

An interesting discussion...

I'm pretty busy today- especially following yesterday's holiday when I think my Sainted Fiancee would have shot me for going near a computer- so I don't have a lot of time to blog. In lieu of that, however, allow me to share with you a rather interesting discussion between Al Sharpton and Christopher Hitchens about Hitchens' book "God is not Great."

I'm sure people will have all kinds of responses to this. For my part, I think Hitchens does very well but Sharpton is a better speaker for average audiences. Sharpton does a good job of calling Hitchens' names, Hitchens does a good job of not accepting the framing that Sharpton wants to put on the debate. In any case, intriguing material.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I sent the video to you, I feel compelled to make a comment.

I think you're spot on in your assessment of the debate. Hitchens came across--to me--as well-read and smart, and as knocking Sharpton flat. However, it isn't clear to me how this would transfer to a non-academic Fox News audience.

With that being said, I'd really like to hear an opinion from someone of that demographic--or if not someone of that demographic, then at least someone more sympathetic to Sharpton. Maybe I should get one of my parents to watch and see what they think...


Friday, July 06, 2007 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger maxliving said...

I think that Sharpton is right when he says that Hitchens never actually answered the questions, but perhaps that is because he's not like religious people or right-wingers who spew out dogma; he's more of a pragmatist.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 2:02:00 PM  

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