One of the first major streetcar debates was held last Thursday on UC’s campus. I, unfortunately, was not able to attend due to the fact that Thursdays are one of my only days off to get errands taken care of. Thankfully a UC based radio show recorded the whole thing and put it up online for you to listen to in the comfort of your own home. It can be found here or on iTunes by searching for “Explore Cincinnati.” I’m not going to put too much of my own spin on this because it is very clear that the Jason Haap and his rag, The Cincinnati Beacon, are very sensitive to “bias,” also known in this case as “another opinion.” There is one point I would like concerning this debate, though. If Jason would like to continue to participate in debates like this and be taken seriously, he needs to work on his rhetoric. While I support the streetcar wholeheartedly, Haap does make a few decent points but they were lost in the muddle of his manically indignant delivery. The setting up and knocking down of arguments by sarcastically exclaiming things along the lines of “Wooow!” or “I don’t know what you guys think, but…” really harm a speakers point.
Also, when your opponents picture looks like this:
You should probably make sure you have a better picture in the debate announcements than this:
Based on pictures alone, it looks like “the professor” versus “some guy overheard by the debate moderators on Fountain Square arguing with his friends about the Streetcar.” Now maybe someone else picked that picture, but you could have sent in a more professional looking one.
Also, the little hissy fit you threw around the 1 hour 16 minute mark was incredibly unnecessary. Sarcastic apologizing is awful and awkward to listen to. At the next debate just keep your cool, man. Do NOT sound like you are constantly being attacked because it makes you sound like you are losing. Stop being a brat.
Other than his poor rhetorical style, I thought things went pretty well. Debate over matters as big as this are essential. In my time here, I’ve noticed that many Cincinnatians don’t get too involved in their local politics, so its nice to finally see something that is sparking involvement and discussion.
I’ll be writing a longer Streetcar piece sometime in the future…. seriously, one of these days. What I can say is this, I’ve never seen a successful unfixed trolley line. They always look kitschy and attract the same ridership that you see on The Ducks. Enjoy the debate!