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The Democratic debate design is making people sick

'The nausea is real.'


Claire Goforth


Published Dec 19, 2019   Updated May 19, 2021, 8:00 pm CDT

The last Democratic presidential debate before the holidays isn’t likely to move the needle much for the candidates. But at least one thing was getting the move on: the background behind them.

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The debate included a unique backdrop on which the names of co-presenters PBS NewsHour and Politico slowly drifted by in a manner reminiscent of ocean currents or floating along in a political fever dream.

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The effect made people feel sick.

“The floating logos in the background are nauseating,” tweeted Joe Danziger. The New York Times’ columnist Charles M. Blow said, “These moving logos behind the candidates are going to drive me crazy.”

“Those moving logos are messing with my equilibrium. The nausea is real,” said @guitardawn.

Be careful, though, it may make you a bit woozy.

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It really made Twitter uncomfortable.

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After a week of high-flying political news of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, early in the debate, the slow-moving logos had about as much energy as the seven candidates who qualified.

On the bright side, it at least gave people something to focus on other than the canned answers.


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*First Published: Dec 19, 2019, 7:59 pm CST