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Decision 2008 Online

11-Sep-08 10:43 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

The Canadian federal election is heating up online more than ever.  The Conservative Party, with its coffers overflowing with spare cash, has spent lavishly on a few campaign web properties, including:

The Conservatives’ leading competitor is the official opposition party – the Liberal Party.  Unfortunately, there’s just their main website offering comparatively plain policy-related content.  I say "unfortunately" only because perhaps if the party was in such a dire financial situation, they’d also be in a position to entertain us with additional web content.  But it is the Liberals who are the subject of much of the Conservative content – and, at least in the first week, this seems to have helped the Liberal campaign more than anything the Liberals themselves have put online.

Inconceivably, the Conservatives decided to place some animation and images on their sites which quickly were labeled "gaffes" by the mainstream media.  And rightly so.  The Conservatives have had an unfortunate habit of taking many of their attack messages over the top falling victim to a combination of extremely poor taste and truly bizaare image counsel.  You won’t see it on the main Conservative attack site anymore, but you used to see the following elements on the notaleader.ca web site:

  • an animated bird (a puffin) flying horizontally across the main page defecating on an unflattering black-and-white image of Liberal leader Stéphane Dion,
  • an insulting image (exact nature undisclosed) of the Liberal deputy leader Michael Ignatieff were linked to a chalk image of him in the lower-right-hand corner of the main page, and
  • a "write your own campaign" feature had to be discontinued because the content was unmoderated and inappropriate text was being uploaded to the web site (sometimes also undesired content critical of Conservative leader Stephen Harper).

As if to gloss over these problems, the Conservative campaign said the changes were not, in fact, the result of anyone in the Conservative campaign realizing they’d made "gaffes", but instead that the features in question were gobbling up too much network bandwidth (as if the site was just so popular that some elements had to be scaled back).  Of course, anyone with any technical clue whatsoever would dismiss this explanation as pure nonsense.  The main page of the site (where the elements described above reside and are linked from) is a grand total of 16KB in size – which is extremely modest for a single webpage view.  Even if the web designers were completely oblivious to the cost involved for nominal bandwidth, the fact is website bandwidth really isn’t that expensive and buying more using the overflowing bank accounts of the Conservative party would be a pretty trivial matter.

So far, I confess, I’m not very impressed with the Conservative’s online campaign and all I’m getting is a reinforced impression that the party is running its online campaign much as it does the rest of its campaign – using a combination of vitriolic personal attacks coupled with lame excuses when it gets cornered on using bad judgement.  The difference between the web and the campaign filtered through the mainstream media is, of course, that their main excuse where the media is concerned – that the media has a liberal bias – doesn’t fly on the web.

Hopefully the Conservatives get a clue and cut the crap.  They’ll really need to to win votes from people like me.

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