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|Volume 72, Issue 47,
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Matt Dulin Chris Elliott
Politics are child's play now
There's a new reason to pay attention to politics: Fantasy Congress.
Fantasy Congress, a spin on the popular online sports game, is the new rage for the coming November election. Though it still hasn't reached the level of obsession that sports jockeys have over fantasy sports, the new political game is a hit with politicos.
The rules of this political game are almost the same for the sports version: players pick a team of four senators and 12 House members of varying seniority levels and compete with other players in a league.
Points are racked up with the congressman's dealings on Capitol Hill. A congressman earns five points for introducing a bill or amending legislation, and the points stack up for each step on the road of a bill becoming a law. Now the Schoolhouse Rock song on the legislative process might become obsolete with political buffs. Future plans to rack up points include news conferences and floor speeches.
The game concept can be described as cheesy since nobody needs another reason to be glued to the computer screen. But any innovative idea that can foster curiosity and a watchdog effect from the American citizens should be welcomed and introduce to young minds.
Fantasy Congress, which can be seen at www.fantasycongress.us/fc/, is just the latest step in taking politics, an issue that was one send as too big for the common man, and making into a chewable tablet. Granted it might be a little silly, but anything to make students politically savvy is well worth the time and dedication.
If this new online helps increase viewers on Capitol Hill, perhaps now politicians would tread lightly with their dealings and become active members off the process they were voted into doing -- legislation process. It's a sad day when an online game might push our elected officials into behaving, but an electronic leash is better than nothing on wild congressmen.
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