The US population/audience is ripe for facing controversy head-on and becoming an interactive force in the US socio-political decision-making processes. It’s time to fight for our democracy and Bait and Switch TV is about encouraging and empowering people to get involved in the issues that affect all our lives while maintaining a sense of humor and balance.
"We collect and organize deep-dive evidence and positions on both sides of an issue for the audience's review," says Stanion, "never dumbing it down, and deliberately punching it up with levity, animation, and music to help make some dire or dreary news and views or complex issues easier to consume. Then we schedule Live Debates with experts on both sides of the issues we examined in the TV shows to include the audience in the conversation. This allows audiences to interview the experts and policymakers directly. They can also use our Heated Debates to interact with other viewers and points of view, or vote on the issues."
She adds, "Our US constitution and free market system have led to the greatest individual liberty, prosperity, freedom, power, honor, and security ever known to humankind. But the people in this country are considered too stupid to understand "the issues", and so many mainstream depictions of the controversies and important issues in our cultural landscape are either polarized to the point of absurdity or dumbed down to the point of irrelevance, allowing only those in power to have access to the facts to re-purpose as they wish. We can do better than this! BSTV's Live Debates are a means for allowing TV audiences to interact with documentary and news content as well as the experts and policymakers behind (or in opposition to) a given controversy."
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