I listen to NPR (KFCR in Colorado), and I’ve heard a few bits about the Democratic National Convention here in Denver. One of the main topics in these bits is how technologically advanced the DNC ’08 convention is going to be. There will be blogging, there will be YouTube, there will be Twittering, and so on. They want to “tear down the walls” and get people involved, but somehow it all seems so empty!
Rich in media, lacking a real message
So I get it, Democrats are tech-savvy. But what about citizens older than 30 that may be wary of technology and wanting a real political voice? What about grandma and grandpa sitting at home, wondering whether to vote McCain or Hillary/Obama? When people look at the TV, what is the message voters will get?
Does the convention invite them to become part of the party that supports universal health care, peace, and strengthening the middle class? Or will watching the convention make the Democratic party seem too ungrounded and distracted to be relevant to them?
Focus on what is important – the party platform
I want the Democratic Party to remind the country: Democrats stand for lofty, yet achievable ideals. Helping others be healthy, safe, responsible, and successful is a worthy endeavor, and by voting for a Democrat, you vote for a better country and an improved world.
Having a technology-focused convention with hundreds of LCD screens flashing multimedia content dilutes the party’s message of true progress as a moral society.