One-Issue Politics, One-Issue Marriage, and the Humane Society: "So then what is my response to the charge of being a one-issue voter?" Like John Piper, I have folks criticize me for being a "one-issue voter". He does a much better job than I could of explaining the fact that some single issues really can disqualify you from things, no matter how many good qualities you might possess to "balance out" the others.
In his latest podcast ( Blogarithms IT Conversations News: August 14, 2005 ), Doug Kaye mentioned an interesting anecdotal tidbit: People seem less interested in panel discussions at conferences than they do in single speakers. The panel discussions get lower ratings at ITConversations.com, and... there was some other reason he mentioned it, too. (Okay, so I don't remember. Sorry!) As I was listening to one of their panel discussions this morning, I had a thought: It was really hard to follow. It takes a lot of mental energy to keep up with who's-saying-what. And I don't even particular care about the who's-who; it would be even worse if I really need to know which person was making a particular point. Could that be what people are reacting to when they rate panel discussions lower than single-speaker talks?