It's because the cable went out. That's the reason I watched Obama and the DNC house party on the laptop last night. Supine. With pillows. (Besides, if I were a true tech savvy guy, I would've watched the whole thing on HD ... with a functioning set-top box).
But watching the live feed through MSNBC.com, without commercials, without talking heads, without the bothersome blather of the 'nattering nabobs of negativism,' was relaxing, enjoyable ... participatory even ... and clearly a moment in time.
Obama's long-awaited speech, in my opinion, was merely decent. No mistakes, but no real surprises, either. Gore's was better.
Not to wrap myself in the furs and diamonds of the moment, but I had to wonder if there was an echo lingering in the air last night. From those who tuned a radio in to FDR in the 1930s. Or from those who dialed their televisions in to Nixon-Kennedy in the 1960s.
The medium is the message, after all. Print is a day late, television is built for 30-second character assasinations, and radio is best suited for Howard Stern.
Banners urging 'change' were waved with passion in the high desert wind last night, but the real message of Denver was perfectly clear.
We already have.
LINK: NY Times trippy panorama-cam of stadium
LINK: Obama's speech
LINK: Gore's speech
LINK: Watch Michelle Obama's speech and send her a personal note.