Mighty Life List
Sep 7 2012

Life Cycle of a Political Convention Sign

I was the volunteer coordinator for the Kerry Campaign at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and I also worked as a “visibility whip” on the convention floor, which meant I passed out signs to the crowd. The process was so complex and fascinating, I wrote a piece on how it works. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ve probably seen this before, but if not here you go. An excerpt:

The whips are here to help ensure that there are no “sign clots” or empty rows when a network camera scans our section. The audience needs to have signs at the exact right moment, needs to know when to hold them up, and needs to know when to put them down. As you might imagine, producing and dispersing these signs—and providing instructions to go with them—is no small organizational task. Read more…

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