Online Politics

November 7, 2006

John Spencer-NYS

Filed under: Assig.9 — by val3001 @ 10:54 pm

On the John Spencer front page of his campaign site, cleverly displays the poll information for the Republican and Conservative ballot. This would be an example of Documentation with the practice of informing. Also featured, is the tecnique of Transaction by allowing site visitors to comment on articles left by the site producer (or blog), and the producer interacts by replying. The practice is involving site visitors. There are links on the front page articles that allows site visitors to view his debates with H. Clinton, also much discussion on the Clinton vs. Spencer political competition.
Another tecnique is Empowerment, with the practice of mobilizing. On the front page, one can take action by volunteering, ask 5 friends for support, or email signup. This entices visitors for support of the candidate.
I assume the produer for this campaign site is a citizen since it seems to be produced by an individual and not an organization, which I didn’t notice before because it is paid for by Spencer for Senate (and I originally assumed it was Spencer himself). Anything on the site linked & related to Join Spencer pops a window up that says JoinSpencer is a username, and the person is Mathew Briney. All the articles written on the front page are by Join Spencer, and one can see the Join Spencer link all over the website.

The dominant feature is involving, since the front page is devoted to getting site visitors to comment (or blog) on what the producer has written about on the Senate race between Spencer and Clinton.

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