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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

All adults know that the modern American political conventions (at least those of the major parties) are foregone conclusions. The role conventions played decades ago in determining the Presidential candidate has been usurped by primaries and caucuses. Thus, the conventions have been reduced to pre-packaged media spectacles, little more than pep rallies.

Given this, the television networks have decided to scale back the mass media coverage of this year's conventions, but are compensating by providing extensive online coverage.

It occurs to me that this shifting of convention coverage to the Web could dovetail nicely with the introduction of bloggers to the big rallies. Imagine the kind of traffic some lucky poli-blogger will get from a hyperlink on ABCNews or CNN. Of course, that assumes that bloggers will have something compelling to report, which I doubt.