Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The "Music Is the Universal Language" slogan on the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau ad above strikes me as the perfect victory rally for a city whose mayor has vetoed and whose citizenry has voted down an out-of-state campaign to make language a wedge issue.
It reminds me of the 1991 "You Are So Nashville If..." winner, a send-up of cross-cultural miscues that ends in, "We really kicked y'all's ass in that Desert Storm," except this time, the city is telling John Tanton where to stick it.
The Nashville CVB ad campaign, which in reality probably has no political angle, features Heidi Newfield under the anti-Tanton banner copy, and below, it says "Connect with Nashville on VisitMusicCity.com" which gets you to the main page of the CVB's web site. There is also a separate "Connect with Music City" page, where visitors can keep up with Nashville via the CVB's Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube accounts.
Connecting people, not disconnecting people. That's what a welcoming, hospitable city is all about.
Speaking of social media, if you follow HispanicNashville.com on Twitter (@muybna) or on Facebook (http://facebook.hispanicnashville.com), you know that the recent lull in stories here is due to the computer that runs the site being down. It's back up now - the optical drive is fixed, but the WiFi connection is spotty now, which is weird, because the computer's WiFi alone seems to work fine, and the wireless network alone seems to work fine, but it's the combination of the two that is not working well. I'm temporarily fixing that by just plugging my home Ethernet cable directly into the computer. It's all about connections, one way or another.