Politics is conversation (or should be)
: Virginia Postrel nails it:
The most remarkable thing about the speech wasn’t its content but how it was delivered. Giuliani spoke fluidly, but in an utterly conversational way, as though he had no text. Instead of trying for old-style oratory, which works for few contemporary speakers, he gave a model 21st-century performance.
This is the era of the Cluetrain. Conversations win.
Blather about to begin!
: I’m now at PS122 (looking rather out of place in the ‘hood in my Conde protective coloration: last season’s Hugo Boss green) ready for the blog panel. No wi-fi (you’d think there’d be a good socialist wi-fi thief on the block!); coming on thanks to Treo. I’m stoked on Chick Pea falafel and hummus. See you on the other side.
: It has been a blogacious day. I felt like the Jeffrey Katzenberg of citizens’ media (he of the three breakfasts): One lunch with Rex Hammock, one with Matt Welch, coffee with Roger Simon (in the most secure Starbucks in the Western world, right next to the Convention).
From the front
: The Reason Hit & Run convention blog is great and I’m not just saying that because I’m seeing one of its bloggers and another on a panel tonight.
Dumb story du jour
: NPR send a reporter to the riverfront in Vietnam where Kerry served in his swift boat to discover that — surprise, surprise, surprise — the Vietnamese neither know nor care about the alleged controversy here. Somebody has too much time or money.
At the front
: I have to say I was shocked this morning as I came out of the PATH station at Herald Square, a block from Madison Square Garden, and saw the streets closed off with instant Checkpoint Charlies everywhere.
It’s profoundly depressing seeing these changes brought on us by a few pieces of human slime.
And it’s unsettling wondering why we don’t need and have this level of security every day.
What is the right level of security for a thousand guys in funny hats and for all us New Yorkers?
: Time Warner staffers got disaster bags on their desks this week.