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Monday, February 13, 2006

Stadium Politics

Click here to view the Washington Nationals' "new stadium site." In preparation for our discussion of the new stadium campaign for the Dallas Cowboys, I thought it might be useful to observe how a similar campaign is being conducted here in Washington.

For this week's blog assignment, critique the site. I'd a appreciate a few comments on the site itself, its design, how compelling it is, whether it accomplishes anything to advance the cause of getting the stadium built.

Other questions might be:

What is the campaign strategy?

Who is the intended audience?

What are the major messages?

Does the site give you any clues....or not.


Blogger Wal-Mart Walter III said...

The site seems to be run by either a citizen activist who is encouraging D.C. revitalization or someone who is possibly involved with the revitalization process. Either way she definitely has a lot to say about a lot of things, and covers them rather thoroughly.

The site is pretty basic and has its good and bad points. She supplies a lot of good links and info and the pictures definitely help. The news item section is tediously done but I don’t know how many people would go through it. However if someone is interested enough to go to this site they may be very likely to read those entries. I don’t think the site helps or hurts the stadium argument. I don’t see it stirring anyone to action over the issue. She clearly is trying to prove that this area is in desperate need for change with the pictures that she posted. She seems to be playing to those who are interested in the idea and are undecided as to whether the stadium in SE is a good idea.

1:25 PM  
Blogger JD said...

As the proprietor of the Near Southeast site that was the subject of this entry, I'm dying to know how the assignment turned out!

If you want to know the answers:

1. I am a private citizen.
2. I have absolutely no connections to the DC government, the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, the Washington Nationals, Major League Baseball, the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, any of the potential team owners, or any other organization.
3. The site is not just about the stadium, in fact I started it 21 months before the announcement that the Expos were coming to DC.

1:48 PM  

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