January 11th, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: ERIC GUNDERSEN AND DEVELOPMENT SEED CREATE HOT NEW WEBSITE; oh, and chris dodd’s apparently running for president

by Philip Baruth

The big news? Eric Gundersen (son of long-time VDBistas Maggie and Arnie Gundersen) and his culture-jamming company Development Seed have apparently broken into the very big leagues: their campaign site for Chris Dodd’s Presidential bid went live at 4:30 this morning.

chris dodd

And it’s state of the art: video, blog, and an audio upload feature so you can say hello to other visitors to the site. It’s smooth and BMW-responsive. And it had better be: Dodd was scheduled to announce his candidacy about 30 minutes ago on Imus.

Which might generate a hit or two.

In every conceivable way, then, the website rules. Every conceivable way but one.

Dodd himself. One look at the site’s inaugural YouTube video will tell you all you need to know about Dodd’s chances.

Forget the fact that Dodd’s a mid-90’s DLC middle-of-the-roader in a field moving rapidly Left. He looks and speaks like a Danbury used car dealer trying earnestly to move the last few Yugos and Pintos and AMC Pacers off the lot.

Bottom line? Eric and Development Seed have worked wonders with this site: they’ve given it a playful, hip, progressive feel, with lots of subtle blogospheric hooks. It will be a huge boon to their company, and no one deserves it more.

But Dodd is — in a word — Dodd. And for some things in life, there is as yet no technological fix available.