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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Tuesday, July 27, 2004

    It takes a media village 

    With each passing convention, the size of the featured video screen grows. This year in Boston, the screen inside the convention hall totally dwarfs the podium.

    So if you're sitting in the audience, and someone is speaking from the stage, it has the rough effect of watching a drive-in movie, with somebody is perched atop the popcorn stand.

    This is all a cautionary reminder about the exponential growth of the media. And with mediafolk outnumbering conventioneers 6 to 1, being interviewed is a constant threat. Even the reporters get interviewed.

    Last night, as some of us in the convention hall listened to the evening's Democratic speeches, a staffer for Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" stopped by to ask if we were reporters (yes), whether we were on deadline (no), and if we wanted to appear on the show. (uh...)

    I demurred, but my Wichita Eagle colleague Alan Bjerga consented. Supposedly, his segment will run on Wednesday night, as he answers probing questions about newspaper comics, political conventions and whatnot.

    Tom Webb

    Tom Webb is the Washington correspondent for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He can be reached at

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