>>First impressions from Jay Rosen (and, as I later discovered, many U.S. bloggers) showed the DNC to be a scripted and costly charade.<<
Scripted? Yes. Charade? No.
Costly? How does one measure cost, if not in comparison to value received? I say it may have been a high ticket affair, but the money was well spent, as was the planning and execution.
The Democrats came to Boston with a clear and defined agenda.
1. Make Kerry seem strong, wise, and inclusive, that he is a leader.
2. Present a unified party with a single and patriotic objective: to win the election.
WHAT THE BROADCAST NETWORKS DIDNíT SHOW YOU
In this day of the foregone conclusion and no surprises at conventions (except, maybe that now bloggers are there, surprise, surprise), ABC, CBS, NBC, and even that excuse for a network FOX (you know, the one with the propaganda outfit on cable and satellite that poses as an all-news channel) decided to skip prime time coverage last night, and offer the usual broadcast fare.
News junkies and party faithful, plus Republicans looking for battle points and weaknesses, were able to tune in via cable/satellite net
IS IT OFFICIAL YET?
The two major political parties have schemed, apparently amongst themselves, to create a changed system. No longer does the popular vote among the party faithful culminate in a nominating convention in which the voice of the party is carried to the floor by delegates.
Now we have an orchestrated system, so that the candidates are anointed well in advance of the conventions. Running mates are announced when it seems most expedient for the sake of news coverage.
HALLE, BRITT, and the FAMILY GOOGLE
Can you imagine someone reading that headline and trying to guess the content?
CATWOMAN. Er, make that CATGUY
SUVs -- WTF?
According to news reports on the radio this afternoon, gas prices, after a short bump downward around the 4th of July holiday, are once again headed north. Yes, North, as in Ollie.
This newsflash came as I drove along the Harlem River Drive, amidst a slew of SUVs. SUVs! All over the highway, each with one and only one person in them. Were they toting sporting materials? Were they carrying cargo?
THERE MAY BE HOPE!
Using the entertaining Googlefights tool, I entered the combatants:
George W. Bush vs. The Truth
Check out the results here.
It also shows that Dick Cheney may not be too long for this planet. Hmm, who is the Speaker of The House?
ELECTRIFYING THE CONVENTIONS
The idea is to open up the election and convention converage, use the electronic connected media to spread the word.
THE HATE MAIL COMETH
In today's e-mail, along with the usual expected daily items, general mail, and all that Spam, was a forward from a friend, with a note that this was interesting reading.
He usually forwards either ribald prose or racy graphics, almost always humorous. Every now and again he sends something either a little more serious, or something political that caught his eye. His politics and mine are pretty far apart, but as friends we agree to disagree.
CHANGES & TIME
No surprise, really. It happens every year. June comes, then July, and the realization sets in that half the year has gone by.
This year it hit me, like being brushed by a feather. June ended, no big note of the halfway point. Elsewhere I did read in another blog that the writer was slightly more than stunned that it was the 3rd Quarter already.
Then it was July, and I made mention to Susan, as I do each year, that this coming New Year's Eve, and the party we attend each year, is closer than the last one we attended.
BLOGGER NAME GAME
Over on my Baseball blog there's an item about players who are known to all on a first-name-basis. Bernie, Manny, Pedro, Edgar. And then there are the nicknames: Yogi, The Big Hurt, A-Rod, Pudge, Junior, The Big Unit.
This topic had been going through my head, and much credit goes to Susan who noticed how various players, when interviewed in pre-game or post-game shows, consistently referred to a certain few players by first name.