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About that Bush campaign poster tool …

Today, the “make your own” Bush poster tool has been significantly revised.

There are only two customization choices — either by state or by “coalition” group (not the usual list of suspects but demographic groups like “Arab Americans” or “Hi-Tech” … interestingly, no “Educators” … so are we to assume that Arab Americans are more likely to vote for Bush than teachers? Students and families are an afterthought, found at the end of the list — until that point, the list is alphabetical.).

No more “write your own slogan” (custom text field).

Nevertheless, the Web site still appears to be overwhelmed. Using this WindowsXP workstation with MSIE 6.0, I still get an error message (that page seems to be unavailable) when I select “create poster.” No poster for me.

As far as Mac/Safari — no change in response. Just continual refresh — the “create” command never gets to the web server.

I guess Mac folks aren’t considered a core audience for the Bush campaign. <tongue firmly in cheek>Heck, we’re probably all artsy-fartsy educators, anyway. I mean, who else “thinks different”? </>

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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