Tune In or Tune Out of Election Night

Posted on November 1, 2020


This is a vote on how to spend the evening of November 3rd, 2020. I know it will be stressful, and the best way to deal with stress is to create a project. So here are the options:

A Yes Vote: I will "Tune In" to the coverage all night. I will set up my computer in front of the tv and pull up multiple channels and fill in electoral maps as they are announced on air. I will keep an eye on twitter, will be engaged in KmikeyM slack, and maybe even live stream my reaction. By fulling engaging I feel like this is "living in the moment" and with the comforting glow of screens and my online community we will see what happens on this historic night.

A No Vote: I will "Tune Out" of the coverage. No TV, no social media, and I will go as long as I can without knowing the results of the election. Can I last 24 hours in blissful ignorance of the fate of our nation? Longer? I will document my attempt to shield myself from the news and update you only with my suspicions and fears until the result is spoiled (aka confirmed) to me.

Past Discussion

virtualferguson โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿƒ (4.0 shares, voted yes)
I'm voting "yes" because it seems like the most on-brand thing for Mike to do, but I really wish there was something between "basically pretend the election isn't happening" and "follow the election's every development as it happens, no matter how inconsequential or scary it gets."
Zach ๐ŸŒดโ˜• (35.0 shares, voted no)
I'm fine with the only options being two extremes of the same coin. We all deserve a break from the madness. Voting no so you can take a mental vacation for 24 hours.
@DREAMSLOTH or longer! :)
Gustavo (4.0 shares, voted no)
This doesn't do any good for your mental health and you'll probably get 0 awareness from the media. I'd rather have you doing something productive or enjoying your time doing something pleasant (sleeping doesn't sound bad at all)
E*Rock โ˜•๏ธ (2.0 shares)
daft vote
Mr. Subterfuge (60.0 shares, voted yes)
I'm voting "aye" because otherwise you'll be the only person in American NOT tuning in. TRUMP 2020! Time to save the republic and restore ORDER!
tsanth ๐Ÿ’ฏ (280.0 shares, voted no)
Voting "no" because I get the drift that you're already prone to be apprehensive about the results, so taking a mental health break is a sensible thing to do. Justification: since 1) you've already voted and 2) nothing you can do on election night will move the needle either way, I see no benefit that tuning-in will get you which will outweigh any anxiety you will likely get from watching the election results trickle in.
ArthurPringle (1.0 shares, voted no)
Youโ€™re going to hear about this election for the next 4 years, however it ends up. Go enjoy your night doing literally anything else
aaronpk โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฅจ๐Ÿ’ฏ (464.0 shares, voted yes)
I am on the fence about this vote because I am on the fence about how I will be spending the evening as well.
davehayden โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏ (249.0 shares, voted yes)
Voting yes because it's probably going to be okay (past results are not indicative of future returns) and I'm going to be spending the day with the internet, maybe also the power, turned off. So somebody should be watching the news.
joshuaberger โ˜•๏ธ (12.0 shares, voted yes)
i voted yes, but i donโ€™t think you should be too obsessive about it. take breaks. take care of yourself. the election is important of course, but it likely will not be over in one night.
cecca โ˜•๏ธ (4.0 shares, voted no)
Like Aaron, I am on the fence about the vote because I am on the fence about my own activity, but I appreciate the all or nothing extremes.
Robby Russell โ˜•๐Ÿ’ฏ (115.0 shares, voted no)
Would rather you spend time reorganising your kitchen cabinets
Jos ๐ŸŽ–โ˜•๏ธ (6.0 shares, voted no)
I'm apprehensive myself. And (like many others) waffling a bit about what I'm going to do. I think I'd rather not worry about keeping tuned in to your coverage on top of my other worries. :-)
andrewglass1 โ˜•๏ธ (1.0 shares, voted yes)
Realistically, it's a waste of time, and this thing likely won't even be decided on Election Night. But it's an especially historic night in our country's history. You'll regret not tuning in to experience it.
awmahan ๐Ÿ’ผโ˜•๏ธ (51.0 shares, voted no)
Turn off, tune out, drop out.
Josh Berezin โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿƒ (675.0 shares, voted no)
I wish I could skip it, but I can't. Glad to help you follow that path.
krickeyb ๐Ÿ’ฏ (405.0 shares, voted no)
Self care over chaos, and thus an investment in your long term mental health. Also, results will be coming in all week (sure we might have a sense) so 24 hours is no biggie. Finally, whatever happens on election night, you'll get four yeas to deal with it after this break.