Senator John McCain’s new website proudly proclaims its “A Departure From The Traditional Campaign Website” – you’re not kidding me. It looks like something Count Dracula would design for his kids. The influential Bivings Report says it reminds them of Schindler’s List!
The sombre black and white funereal imagery simply acts to remind voters that Senator McCain isn’t the youngest kid on the block. What makes it worse is the gushing tones of the announcement news release:
“In 2000, John McCain harnessed the power of the internet in a way that was new and unique to campaigns,” said Christian Ferry, National eCampaign Director. “This site continues to build on that experience, recognizing the importance of new media in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political discourse and the power of technology to inform, involve, and connect individuals to a candidate and a campaign.”
“This site is a departure from the traditional campaign website in both design and navigation,” continued Ferry. “It is designed to engage users with a different visual experience on every page, giving them unique insight into the rich personal story of John McCain and his years of experience that differentiates him as ready to lead.”
They should realise that “years of experience” is a good thing, looking like you’re ready for the grave isn’t. I’m also not convinced that lots of talking head videos are such a good idea when your candidate is so dull.
So far John Edwards and Barack Obama are streets ahead in terms of understanding what social media is and how they need to participate. The others all give the impression that social media is this new internet thing that they need to do. They haven’t grasped that it is actually part of how society as whole is changing and that politics needs to change with it. It will be interesting to see if any Republicans “get it” – I suspect Rudy Giuliani might, but he hasn’t yet.