I suppose I got use to it and thought it would just happen, kind of like the sun rising in the morning.
Last week the during the DNC I was flooded with all kinds of media information on my ‘current tech’ means. My phone was constantly beeping with text messages from news sources and bloggers about the DNC happenings. Facebook and Twitter were filled with posts and messages about the latest news. We heard stories about bloggers moving around from various locations in order to get the bst connections. I received Twitter alerts from people who were there alerting me about their next move.
For the past two days, since Gustav made landfall to be exact, my phone has been quiet and my Facebook has been focused on people sending me flair and hugs. What’s going on?
Then I realized what caused the phenomena.
Democrats are generally more tech savvy than their Republican counterparts. hhhmmm.
So, like any tech savvy blogger, I did a Google search on “Republican National Convention Bloggers” and I got a website The GOP National Convention 2008 Blog. The first thing that I noticed was that the site had not been updated since August 29th. Isn’t this their big week?
I clicked on the “for Bloggers link” and was referred to a page with the following, albeit very general, lacking no specifics;
The 2008 Republican National Convention will utilize numerous mediums – both emerging and traditional – to share our nominee’s vision with the American people.
We have a great appreciation for bloggers and the ever-increasing role new media has in providing real-time information and shaping public opinion.
We had a blogger presence at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City – and we look forward to building upon the successes of that effort. In 2008, we will have a considerable blogger presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul during our convention.
The Committee on Arrangements is also developing an aggressive plan that utilizes emerging technologies to involve bloggers who are unable to travel to Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Many traditional media outlets, particularly newspapers, have expanded their reach into the blogosphere since the last convention.
These outlets will surely employ bloggers in covering the conventions. In addition, a to-be-determined number of independent bloggers, those not associated with traditional media outlets, will be credentialed to blog at our convention.
So…where is all this stuff they are talking about?
I was kind of enjoying all of the new technology last week.
Has the RNC abandoned us bloggers and techies?