Newsflash: Convention blogs show limited appeal!
So reports Marketwatch:
A cynic would suggest that bloggers, overwhelmed by convention attention, will be suckers to public relations pros resulting in a hopeless parroting of the party line in ways traditional media folks wouldn’t do.
A post mortem on the bloggers will determine if they end up providing a public service or if they became a gullible conduit for propaganda.
In an otherwise very well-planned convention, this one has also left me scratching my head — and not just because I didn’t get a convention press pass in the mail.
The article cites the three or four million blogs in the U.S. And continues,
The Internet phenomenon of creating web logs or “blogs” using special computer software has allowed anyone to make their opinion heard on the Internet although most blogs have a minuscule audience.
Hard to imagine that any political party would want to hook up with “anyones” out there, with those “minuscule audiences” (Ouch! Sorry audience!). But the problem is that to influence the resource, the blogging community, you have to hand out more than 50 guest passes!!
It sounds like this was a little bit of youth culture once again slipping into the planning around a Democratic Convention. (Albeit this time, a lot more innocent than unleashing the Chicago riots, or George McGovern, on the unsuspecting public.) Probably some young party insider thought this would be a cool way to get some of his college buddies in to the show.
If you want something out of the greater blogging community, you have to include us in the e-mail blast, and tell us what NOT to say, (so that we, in turn, say it!)
And don’t go giving out any special favors to a very few of us. That will make the large rest of us feel, like, well, our opinions don’t count or something!
(The last message you want to send to a blogger, right??)