For the 1st Presidential Debate, we co-hosted an event on the ASU campus -- a live debate watch followed by a Civil Dialogue. It was well attended, maybe 100 people, and enthusiasm was high. We introduced a few ground rules about listening, etc., but we happened to have a feed from ABC-TV which included live tweets. The audience was captivated by the tweets, especially about Big Bird, and was laughing along. I felt like it debased a very important event, and I believe that focusing on the tweets made it difficult for people to focus on the substance of the debate. Indeed, the dialogue that followed was focused more on style than substance. Maybe that would have been the case anyway, because it is partially about style. (As Howard Dean says, if you want to know who is going to win, watch without sound.) So, am I grousing about nothing? Do I have to get used to this new world of split focus? Comments?