Codebreaker

Democrats to stream convention

John Moe Sep 4, 2012

A lot of things USED to be true about political conventions. Candidates used to be decided there, disagreements were aired, actual news sometimes occurred. Not so much anymore as conventions have become protracted infomercials for the presidential candidates and the TV networks have pulled way back on coverage.

But there’s always the internet! The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte will be livestreamed this year with gavel-to-gavel coverage of every breathtaking minute of some politician you’ve never heard of saying the other guys are creeps.

The Republicans livestreamed their convention as well and as of yet we have not seen a lot of stats for things like total clicks, length of visit, stuff like that. One imagines that the Democrats have a more web-savvy constituency but it would be interesting to see some side-by-side web stats on the two conventions. We also know that TV ratings for the RNC were way down over four years ago.

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