Has Social Media Turned Election 2012 Into A Joke?

Earlier this afternoon I received a phone call from my brother, Nick O’Neill. He wanted to talk about last night’s Presidential debate, which, he said, had left him feeling more than a little hopeless. "I know, right?" I agreed. "They didn’t talk about anything!" But beyond the reality that neither candidate shed any real light on the issues, my conversation with my brother made me realize that I was also frustrated by the ridiculous joke that the election seems to have turned into on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.