July 28, 2004

Convention Blogging

There has been none so far at B.D. as you've doubtless noticed.

I feel at an obvious disadvantage, of course, as the main speeches start up around 1:00 AM London time.

And writing about them the following evening, especially in this rapid-fire medium, would appear a bit stale, wouldn't it? That said, I have read the Dem platform (despite Howard Dean saying platforms don't mean squat) and hope to have some thoughts on it. And perhaps certain key parts of Bill Clinton's speech.

Anyway, just a shout out to let you know I'm, er, trying to pay attention to it from my vantage point. And that I hope to have something up in relatively short order.

BTW, and this isn't meant as a diss of witty, smart guys like Patrick Belton--but I think Andrew is pretty right that the whole convention blogging thing has amounted to much ado about nothing (in terms of value-added content; it does give us bloggers more street cred as we increasingly encroach upon the preserves of more traditional media).

The blogging could likely be just as good (better?) if done from a Best Western near Logan with C-SPAN tuned in as the pizza gets delivered (and doubtless more comfy too!).

And doesn't much of the convention blogging have a slightly ditzy 'look 'ma I'm at the convention' quality? Or are these just sour grapes from far-away Belgravia?

Posted by Gregory at July 28, 2004 06:40 PM

Blogs have been invaluable during the convention. I have no desire to watch the (poor) theatrical production that is called a convention, and I know I will not get an objective view of the proceedings the next morning from the "mainstream press".

Fifteen minutes of blogging across the political spectrum and I find I am amply informed.

Don't stop now!!

Posted by: Leigh at July 28, 2004 10:18 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I follow the conventions but frankly like the more juicy side dishes than the main oratory. Being at the convention in person is actually more a disadvantage because one misses the forest while witnesses in gag fest (like hero worship for Michael Moore, Al Franken, etc.).

You might do a feature on Ron Reagan, ballet dancer turn embryonic stem cell (or idiotic stem sell) research expert. Who says you require a college degree?

Posted by: Capt America at July 28, 2004 10:44 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I have a deep-seated prejudice against medical malpractice lawyers (I'm a physician), but I have to admit that John Edwards's speech last night was fantastic in every way. I was relieved to hear his message to al Qaeda terrorists: "We will destroy you."

Such talk was notably absent from many of the terrible speeches at this convention. SOME Democrats hate George W. Bush more than they love America. Shame on THOSE Democrats.

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