David Frum has a commentary in the Wall Street Journal on the party conventions, the media, and their interaction, including a good bit of history on the conventions, and some extrapolation on where they may be going, as well as some suggestions.

The talking heads on television blame the parties for mounting a boring show. The talking heads should blame themselves: The parties made the conventions dull in self-defense, because anything exciting can and will be used against them.

It does not have to be this way. The conventions could be made useful, interesting and important again. That will require some reinvention. But the conventions have been reinvented before to adapt to the needs of their time, and they can be reinvented again.

Go read it for yourself.


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