Last night, while watching coverage of the Democratic Convention, I noticed how yet again, the organizers were passing around signs featuring the name of the current speaker, then it was those vertical signs with “Biden.” Â The night before it had been signs with “Hillary,” and the night before that “Michelle.”
I recall the first political conventions I watched on TV when you looked out into the audience and saw a great variety of signs, some mass-produced, others handmade.
In recent years, there seems to have been a focus (in both parties) on making sure everyone in the audience is waving the exact same sign. Â Looks fake to me, almost like a rally in a Communist country when such things existed in mass quantities (Communist countries that is).
When the entire audience is waving the same sign, they all look like automatons. Makes the convention look more like a media stunt rather than a rally of delegates enthusiastic about their candidate and eager to rally ’round him in the coming campaign.
Now it just looks like they’re extras on a movie set who will move on to some other project as soon as the media leaves town.