Back For The First Time

By Michael Carrier

Director of Communications & Outreach


         We’re back for the first time, and it’s going to be fun.

         For more than a year the University of Oklahoma’s Political Communication Center website has been "up" and “down” as the computer brainiacs describe it.

         We were the victims of a vicious hack that disabled our website and tried unsuccessfully to break into the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive’s treasure trove of historical campaign ads.

         We like to joke that it was the Russians (just kidding…kind of).

         No matter who the culprit was (Putin, I’m coming for you), it gave us time to ponder.

         We decided to use the opportunity to accomplish two goals: redesign the website with the desire to make it the premiere website for political, government and campaign news and information in Oklahoma, and to make the archive more easily accessible to students, faculty and the general public to use in their educational and research endeavors.

         Today, we blasted off, or as they say in website lingo, a.k.a. “launched."

         All of us at the PCC and Kanter Archive are pretty happy. We may not be the flashiest piece of jewelry in the internet’s gigantic trinket box, but we are cute and simple, functional, easy to browse – and filled with news about the PCC, the archive, our professors, government at all levels, and politics and elections in Oklahoma and around the nation.

         Most importantly, we aren’t going to be boring. We promise.

         Of course, we have everything here a major university departmental website needs:

         Mission statement, contact information, faculty and staff bios and photos (God, I need to lose weight), all the important disclaimer lingo at the bottom of the page, links to our other internet sites, Facebook, Twitter, yada, yada, yada.

         Everyone also can go to the archive from our website and search our roughly 175,000 political ads that date back to the late 1920s. Yes, we are the largest collection of political campaign, election commercials in the world. What most of you don’t know is we also collect some political speeches, short films and videos related to campaigns.

         And, no, you can’t copy an ad without our permission.

         We do provide a primer on how to use the archive – all from our shiny new website. After all, we ARE an institution of higher learning.

         One part of the website we are really excited about is our new blog Communication Breakdown.

         The blog will be the world’s opportunity to read really smart, pithy, funny, serious, and educational stuff from a bunch of really smart, pithy, funny, serious and educated people, all of who are smarter, more pithy, serious and educated than me – but not as funny.

         I will be providing my share of posts, however. You’ll be able to tell it’s me by the byline at the top of each post and from the wailing from my bosses on the Norman campus every time I hit the SEND key.

         We are glad to be back in the world of the living. We hope you enjoy what we have to offer in the coming years and that you will share our website link with all your friends, whether they want you to or not.

         And you can also catch us on Facebook and Twitter at…Ok, no… I’m not closing like that.

         Happy, thought provoking, interesting reading!

         Boomer Sooner!