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chicago dyke's picture

I'm sorry it's taken several days to find a blog that says something like this:

Here are a few things that I will not be doing in Denver:

I'm not going to cheerlead for the Democratic Party. I'm sure the oratory will be stirring and the energy and emotion infectious; we'll have to see if I get swept up in a political Hallmark moment, but I somehow doubt it. The Democratic Party has simply spent too many years killing the romance with corruption and backstabbing to rekindle the faith with a few bright roses and sweet promises. We've got some long-term work to do in order to make things okay.

I'm not going to pretend to be a reporter or pundit. I'm a progressive activist and agitator, an anti-racist anti-corporatist anti-imperialist Asian American writer, a universal human rights advocate, and a generally ornery observer of media, culture, and politics, who somehow happens to be attending the DNC. If I were forced to name a journalistic role model for this trip, I'd probably have to go with Hunter S. Thompson, though I hesitate to mention him because nobody, nobody, can live up to that legacy.

I'm not going to declare that "we" are "taking back" the Democratic Party or "reclaiming our democracy" because I don't believe that those things were ever really mine in the first place.

I'm not going to gawk at famous people and write those horribly embarrassing posts along the lines of "omg I just walked past Al Gore! he looks the same in real life as he does on TV except thinner, it's true what they say about that! omg there's Arianna Huffington! she really is that gorgeous! omg like wow there are all these faces here that I recognize from my C-SPAN habit this is so kewl!"

I'm not going to insult anyone's intelligence by acting as though people are interested in who I'm having beers with or who I met or who snubbed me. Not that I'm declaring a moratorium on sloppy drinking stories should anything juicy arise; I'm just saying that I'm hoping to stay focused on political and media critique rather than the craven schmoozefests of self-declared "movers and shakers" that big conventions tend to be.

Sigh. I remember the days when lots and lots of bloggers wrote like that. I really don't have the interest or time to follow the new Twitter madness, but Zuky has promised some updates and photos and I'll enjoy them lesiurely later on.

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Submitted by Truth Partisan on

Yes I miss that too...meanwhile we have:

"What Do Women Want?
basically, "Get over it, you women."
But that's more MSM.

However, what about co-author of "Crashing the Gate" ("a shot across the bow at the political establishment in Washington, DC and a call to re-democratize politics in America") Jerome Armstrong's op-ed,
"Obama's No-Change Politics," in which, among other quite cynical things, he writes:
"2008 is a campaign that's become more politics as usual than change we can believe in."..."Despite it all, the netroots backing of the Democrat nominee remains strong."

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

Does anyone else have a problem reconciling a "reality based community" with holding up Hunter S. Thompson as a model journalist?

Other than that, its a great PB 2.0 convention coverage manifesto -- but I had to read it twice to realize that, because the "[i]f I were forced to name a journalistic role model for this trip, I’d probably have to go with Hunter S. Thompson" was a tad too much.

If you're looking for journalistic models, try Joe McGuiness (The Selling of the President) or Timothy Crouse (The Boys on the Bus), both of whom managed to remain within the bounds of "factual reporting" while conveying essential truths.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

titter. sure, hunter was the original 'create his own reality' type, but then again, what is wrong with a little flair, and variation, in political coverage? hunter may not have been mr. fact based, but he surely had some incredible insights that no one else was providing.

TP: life is busy, but getting better, thanks! i got blown off for a meeting today, and so i said, "that's it! i'm blogging!"

...until it's time for me to get out there and paint, sigh.

Submitted by lambert on

CD! Yay!

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.