If you know me you are probably puzzled about the title of this post. For the most part I believe that the “good old days” just weren’t that good, but there are a few exceptions.
Before I get to the crux of this post’s title I want to give you my other views of day 2 of the Democratic convention. One of the main thing that hit me was how all the networks seem to be viciously searching for controversy. They cover very little of the actual proceedings. That is very different than the good old days where you could actually listen to at least some of the speakers. Now they spend their time talking to the political pundits and searching for the sensational and telling you what you are supposed to think.
But there was a gem in the middle of this media dung hill. It is a place where no one is giving their “expert” opinion about this or that. Instead it is about allowing the viewer to form their own opinions and to view the proceedings and without commercials! That place is called C-Span. We used to view the conventions in the good old days as places to gather facts and views which maybe are not on our agenda.
I watched the calling of the roles for votes. Yes, all the States give silly commentary about themselves before they announce their numbers but in a way that is what the convention is all about. Of course I recognize when the spin machine is on, which is about all the time, threading through that is part of the fun in the good old days.
So for the rest of this convention I will be watching it in low resolution on the C-Span channel.