This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Example #219

Mexico’s first presidential debate took place on Sunday night, and what did the internet and news fixate on? It wasn’t the candidates’ inability and/or unwillingness to answer the questions they were asked. It wasn’t the lack of an actual debate between candidates. It wasn’t the domination of hollow platitudes with little meaning from all four of the candidates.

It apparently was the 30-second appearance of Julia Orayen in a dress.

There are many good things that the internet and Twitter can do for politics, and one does not need to look hard to find those positive benefits. But there are definitely problems with internet culture and politics, too, and the fact that people can so easily focus on and become distracted by a model in a dress in a forum where people are outlining their visions for Mexico’s future, visions that will directly impact the electorate, is a reminder of the weaknesses of the internet-news media-politics combination (to say nothing of human attention spans).

Also, I’d love to see the US public’s response if somebody who had posed in Playboy made an appearance at the presidential debates.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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