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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But It Will Be Blogged

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By: Ryan Tate

Mon, 19 Jul 2004 18:16:23 +0000

PS of all the problems facing the country, media coverage of a sham political convention has to be one of the least important. It baffles my mind why bloggers are so eager to join this dubious club at the exact time it has lost all meaning and relevance. Political conventions used to actually be places where decisions were made. Now they are media traps designed to generate free, on-message publicity. My hypothesis is the most useful convention coverage will come from reporting done outside those four walls. You have a city full of people who know John Kerry better than the rest of the country.

By: Ryan Tate

Mon, 19 Jul 2004 18:07:44 +0000

If you cover the media, you will feed the accurate perception that most webloggers are mere armchair media critics, content to let others do the hard work of reporting as they lean back and snipe at their work with one hand while selectively quoting it to support their politics with the other. Don't chicken out. Do the hard work of reporting, finding other people and talking to them, extracting information. If you have courage, it won't matter to you that some of your sources may be inundated with interviews with other reporters. Besides, if you truly have a unique perspective, you'll be pursuing stories the traditional media is ignoring. And if you think the traditional media ignores the meta angle (covering coverage), you have not been following convention coverage nearly long enough (if at all). Get out there and kick some ass. Don't rely on gimmicks and don't let your "reporting" consist of watching real reporters do their jobs. Oh, and read this if you think my view is marginal: Good luck, -Ryan

By: Seth Finkelstein

Sun, 18 Jul 2004 21:36:52 +0000

Again, they probably think you're the Michael Feldman who works for Wisconsin Public Radio. So they've been sending the DNC Press Corps email to *him*. He's a journalist and is used to this, so he's probably just deleted it as PR junk. You have a unique story here!

By: Nick Irelan

Sun, 18 Jul 2004 04:21:20 +0000

This may be plan A ,but why havent you thought about the protestors? I doubt that anyone from the tv or internet will be paying much attention to them.

By: Aldon Hynes

Sun, 18 Jul 2004 00:47:55 +0000

Random thoughts: I may just end up going ultimately 'meta' and covering the hottest story of the convention so far: The Bloggers! That's right. What is getting all the media attention right now about the convention? It's the bloggers. If we want to cover what everyone really wants to know about, we should cover each other. I write for Greater Democracy and will be there. Maybe I'll write about the folks from Dowbrigade. If you aren't getting spammed by the mainstream press, maybe they haven't gotten your email address right yet either. Drop me a note at and I'll pass on appropriate information. The other thing that you should keep in mind is that a lot of the delegates are actually local party bigwigs. When you include DNC Committee members, PLEOs, etc., you'll find that a many of the delegates are party bigwigs. For a very interesting look at this, check out the delegate challenge being mounted by an alternate to the Dean Delegation from Vermont: Now, if you want to get really funky, you should cover the delegates that blog. There seems to be quite a handful of them as well.