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First Presidential Debate of 2012

I will be posting a recap of the main ideas later this week, but I wanted to throw this up to see what you all though of the debate between R Mitt Romney and D Barack Obama. Comment with your opinion!


This One’s for You, Dr. B

I never intended to be a political blogger. I was a journalist but blogging was never something I considered. This blog only exists because one of my professors assigned it as homework.

I was studying Communication with a concentration in Mass Media at Longwood University. One of my required classes was Computer Mediated Communications and because I thought I wouldn’t like the class I put it off until the last minute. I finally took it my final semester of college with Dr. Bill Stuart.

The class was centered around social media and a major part of the curriculum was maintaining a blog and a twitter account. I was also minoring in Political Science and always looking for a way to merge my two fields of study, which is why I chose this blog. Dr. B was very encouraging and supportive of the topic. Right before my graduation in May 2012 I promised Dr. B that I was going to keep this blog running through the election season. I did not follow through on that promise.

When I woke up this morning (September 10, 2012) I learned of the untimely death of Dr. B. It was a shock for everyone and filled the small community of my university with grief. I learned of his passing through the same social media outlets that he had taught me to utilize nine months before.

I am making a commitment to see this blog through until election, for real this time. I am doing this for you, Dr. B. Peace.

What is this blog?

My name is Nicole Dales. I am a senior at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. I am a pursuing a degree in Communication with a concentration in Mass Media and a minor in Political Science. Once I graduate, I hope to obtain a career working with either politics or international affairs. I am interested in pursuing journalism but I am also open to other avenues that allow me to do the kind of work I want to do.

For one of my classes, we are required to maintain a blog. This blog can be about any topic we find interesting or engaging. I have chosen to follow the GOP candidates as they fight for the spot as the Republican presidential candidate. I would gear my blog to undergraduate students and young adults.

Students are busy with classes, work, and extracurriculars. I know many of my friends are interested in the GOP, presidential campaign, and politics in general, however it would not be their instinct to flip on CNN and tune into a debate on check up on primary results. I have a deep interest in politics and blogging about the candidates is a natural avenue for me.