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Authenticity in Presidential Campaiging

bsh1
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10/4/2015 10:47:18 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
How much does authenticity matter in U.S. Presidential Campaigning? I know people who place a high premium on this quality, and others who simply do not care. In this article [http://fivethirtyeight.com...] the authors argue that authenticity is often not an important trait, and that it is also too vague a term to be actually useful (in that people often use it as a substitute for likeability or other qualities). It also discusses how unfair it is to expect candidate's private personas to match their public ones. Moreover, if authenticity actually always a good thing? What if you are authentically unlikeable--should you try to fake "genuine" amiability?

What are your thoughts?
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10/4/2015 10:53:39 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/4/2015 10:47:18 PM, bsh1 wrote:
How much does authenticity matter in U.S. Presidential Campaigning? I know people who place a high premium on this quality, and others who simply do not care. In this article [http://fivethirtyeight.com...] the authors argue that authenticity is often not an important trait, and that it is also too vague a term to be actually useful (in that people often use it as a substitute for likeability or other qualities). It also discusses how unfair it is to expect candidate's private personas to match their public ones. Moreover, if authenticity actually always a good thing? What if you are authentically unlikeable--should you try to fake "genuine" amiability?

What are your thoughts?

Well, yea it matters. There is little doubt that these "soft" characteristics shape candidates even more than policy. If it were just a straight list of positions plus a resume, few of the people we have elected on either side would have won.
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10/4/2015 11:51:56 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/4/2015 10:53:39 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/4/2015 10:47:18 PM, bsh1 wrote:
How much does authenticity matter in U.S. Presidential Campaigning? I know people who place a high premium on this quality, and others who simply do not care. In this article [http://fivethirtyeight.com...] the authors argue that authenticity is often not an important trait, and that it is also too vague a term to be actually useful (in that people often use it as a substitute for likeability or other qualities). It also discusses how unfair it is to expect candidate's private personas to match their public ones. Moreover, if authenticity actually always a good thing? What if you are authentically unlikeable--should you try to fake "genuine" amiability?

What are your thoughts?

Well, yea it matters. There is little doubt that these "soft" characteristics shape candidates even more than policy. If it were just a straight list of positions plus a resume, few of the people we have elected on either side would have won.

But is it "authenticity" that really matters, or something else? As the article notes, authenticity is rather a squishy subject. You can be authentic but unlikeably so, and voter probably wouldn't reward that kind of authenticity. I think, when we use the word "Authenticity" it is really just filler for other things: trustworthiness, likeability, and honesty. We want leaders who can be trusted, honest, and friendly...and we call that "Authentic." So, I feel like it is less "authenticity" that we value, and more so those other qualities that authenticity substitutes (imprecisely) for.
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10/5/2015 12:07:33 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/4/2015 11:51:56 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 10/4/2015 10:53:39 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/4/2015 10:47:18 PM, bsh1 wrote:
How much does authenticity matter in U.S. Presidential Campaigning? I know people who place a high premium on this quality, and others who simply do not care. In this article [http://fivethirtyeight.com...] the authors argue that authenticity is often not an important trait, and that it is also too vague a term to be actually useful (in that people often use it as a substitute for likeability or other qualities). It also discusses how unfair it is to expect candidate's private personas to match their public ones. Moreover, if authenticity actually always a good thing? What if you are authentically unlikeable--should you try to fake "genuine" amiability?

What are your thoughts?

Well, yea it matters. There is little doubt that these "soft" characteristics shape candidates even more than policy. If it were just a straight list of positions plus a resume, few of the people we have elected on either side would have won.

But is it "authenticity" that really matters, or something else? As the article notes, authenticity is rather a squishy subject. You can be authentic but unlikeably so, and voter probably wouldn't reward that kind of authenticity. I think, when we use the word "Authenticity" it is really just filler for other things: trustworthiness, likeability, and honesty. We want leaders who can be trusted, honest, and friendly...and we call that "Authentic." So, I feel like it is less "authenticity" that we value, and more so those other qualities that authenticity substitutes (imprecisely) for.

If we are dissecting the word, then it may be the wrong word.
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10/5/2015 12:08:56 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/5/2015 12:07:33 AM, TBR wrote:
At 10/4/2015 11:51:56 PM, bsh1 wrote:
At 10/4/2015 10:53:39 PM, TBR wrote:
At 10/4/2015 10:47:18 PM, bsh1 wrote:
How much does authenticity matter in U.S. Presidential Campaigning? I know people who place a high premium on this quality, and others who simply do not care. In this article [http://fivethirtyeight.com...] the authors argue that authenticity is often not an important trait, and that it is also too vague a term to be actually useful (in that people often use it as a substitute for likeability or other qualities). It also discusses how unfair it is to expect candidate's private personas to match their public ones. Moreover, if authenticity actually always a good thing? What if you are authentically unlikeable--should you try to fake "genuine" amiability?

What are your thoughts?

Well, yea it matters. There is little doubt that these "soft" characteristics shape candidates even more than policy. If it were just a straight list of positions plus a resume, few of the people we have elected on either side would have won.

But is it "authenticity" that really matters, or something else? As the article notes, authenticity is rather a squishy subject. You can be authentic but unlikeably so, and voter probably wouldn't reward that kind of authenticity. I think, when we use the word "Authenticity" it is really just filler for other things: trustworthiness, likeability, and honesty. We want leaders who can be trusted, honest, and friendly...and we call that "Authentic." So, I feel like it is less "authenticity" that we value, and more so those other qualities that authenticity substitutes (imprecisely) for.

If we are dissecting the word, then it may be the wrong word.

Agreed. I guess, what I am trying to say is that the emphasis the media places on "Authenticity" is absurd, since authenticity isn't what matters. It's honesty, likeability, etc. that matter.
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