Personally, I believe the conventions to be a great thing. Certainly, they are a joyous occasion for the parties; however, I think their biggest impact is upon the people who normally don't play a role within our nation's political system. Perhaps the incredible media outlet that exists during the conventions may help get citizens of our country more involved with the electoral process.
I do understand that they are simply ceremonial anymore and that the candidates are already selected beforehand; yet, I see first-hand people (usually younger people who were not old enough to vote last election) deciding to be a part of the system and vote in part due to the press the conventions receive. I believe, regardless of partisanship, people acting upon their rights to vote will help our country grow and prosper.