Quickie: Navigating the Genuine Opposition’s blog
The Genuine Opposition’s website was launched on March 21. It is actually a blog. Visit the website to see for yourself.
First, my review: “It’s a work in progress”. Of course I can’t help but churn some of my observations.
The blog’s blue and green Word Press theme comes easy for eyeing and over-all it looks cool. It could contrast this campaign’s typical ballistics.
The blog is still very textual, lacking in images or graphics (look who is talking! As if his blog is better.)
The “Let’s GO” tag at the upper right part of the header could show the opposition’s supposed dynamism.The contents are of course press releases published (and probably written) by GO’s spokesperson lawyer Adel Tamano.
As of March 30, the blog’s administrator uploaded 21 press releases and a report on the Final Verdict of the Peoples Permanent Tribunal based in The Netherlands.
From the Home page, you could suspect the leaders of the campaign team are the ones running with their photos plastered at the side bar. When I checked the inside pages, especially that featuring the candidates, I found most of them didn’t have photos.
The few lines describing the candidates could also show “best efforts” were not done.
Just look at how they described Sonia Roco: “(AD), widow of late Senator and Education Secretary Raul Roco.” [AD is Aksyon Demokratiko]. For sure, the lady has her own credentials more than being Raul’s widow (the party should know better than that!)
Technically, it is also difficult to return to the home page once you navigated inside pages. There is no button to make it easier (at least for beginners). Of course you can just click on the text “Genuine Opposition” at the header to launch back.
The blog roll includes only websites of two candidates, Nikki Coseteng and Antonio Trillanes IV, whose link is broken by the way (as of this posting.) What about the other candidates, don’t they have cyber spaces of their own?
Of course I know why “anonymous” comments are not welcome so they make it a bit difficult to post comments at the “Contact Us” page. Comments are closed from the posts. Or maybe its just me who needs to explore more?
I want to say something more about the contents, but again, I’d leave it to you. (Istambay be reminded: You already said this is a “work in progress” ) …[thinking out loud.]
Actually, I found it a welcome move for their campaign to extend to the blogosphere.
Besides, it could be one of GO’s measures to cope with budget constraints.
Deputy campaign manager JV Ejercito told Istambay in an interview for MindaNews that they are resorting to non-traditional campaign modes. Definitely, JV said, big rallies are out for the GO campaign. (Even if he said their Davao rally was “successful”.)
He said they are keener on smaller group discussions among other things.
I asked myself why I’m posting on this. Just to be subtle: So far, I already have five candidates in my list and three of them are from GO.
See? Of course that does not make me a GO or TU supporter (go defend yourself!). I cross party lines.
But, I’m not sure if I’m going to complete the 12 choices the Philippine Constitution asked me to make. I’m still deliberating on it.
Both parties , including those running as independent, could make my life a bit easier by putting up useful websites.
Of course, preferably if an independent (non-partisan) group, would carry it
(Wew, I’ve written a long post already.Is that how long a “quickie” takes? )