It really pays for politicians to check what their oft-overlooked web support staff are getting up to. Especially if they have designed one’s webpage using somebody else’s template. Because there are several problems with that.
Ethically, obviously, if one’s web design team rips off code that somebody else has created without attribution, it’s not a good look.
If, as part of that ripped off template code, one’s web design team has been so lazy that instead of copying images used for the styling, they are hotlinking to the original images on the original designer’s website, then that is bandwidth theft as well, which is also not a good look.
But you know what’s really not a good look?
When the tech-savvy original web designer realises what’s going on, and also realises that he can thus craft his own message to appear on the politician’s website simply by changing the image on his own site that the web design team has linked to. (Are y’all following this?) No hacking required, all that was done was changing an image on his own web-host. Totally legal.
So this is what John McCain’s MySpace page said for a few hours yesterday until someone noticed the new message:
“Today I announce that I have reversed my position and come out in full support of gay marriage…particularly marriage between passionate females.”
Full story (with screensave of how the adjusted image looked on McCain’s site) here.
crossposted at Larvatus Prodeo