Thursday, September 04, 2008
I must admit that I have not watched much of either political convention. Although I have caught glimpses of both conventions, I decided to sit down and watch Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican National Convention last night. For me, it was an intriguing speech, not by the content of what was said, but more by the context and delivery of how it was said.
I thought palin's speech was riddled with dry, witty humor. More than that though, I felt Palin's speech was loaded with sarcasm. Now, although I most likely will not be voting for this party in the election, I have to admit that I found her sarcasm rather entertaining and funny. See, I have a bit of a knack for sarcasm, and I thought it was neat that she was not afraid to use it. My question to you is: Did she go too far? Was there too much sarcasm in her speech? Should she have stayed away from the sarcastic comments altogether?
See, I'm very intrigued by what your thoughts will be, because almost a year ago (in fact it was my fourth post ever), I wrote about Sarcastic Leadership, and had some great discussion. Many felt that sarcasm needs to be left out of leadership completely, while others felt it was a small ingredient in a large meal; okay to use in small doses. Over the past year I've come to see that sometimes sarcasm is best left out of the leadership recipe, as many people see it as demoralizing and childish. With that said, though, I still love sarcasm, and I still use it when warranted.
So, help me out....I need your opinions! How did Palin do? Was there as much sarcasm as I saw? And, was it okay to use sarcasm? How about in general? Can sarcasm exist in leadership?
note: picture courtesy of http://www.telegraph.co.uk