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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised : Democracy, the Internet, and the… (edition 2004)

by Joe Trippi

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When Joe Trippi signed on to run Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, the long-shot candidate had 432 known supporters and $100,000 in the bank. Within a year, Trippi and his team had transformed the most obscure candidate in the field into a Democratic front-runner with a groundswell of 640,000 supporters and more money than any Democrat in history -- mostly through donations of one hundred dollars or less. Trippi's revolutionary use of the Internet and an impassioned, contagious desire to overthrow politics as usual grew into a national grassroots movement and changed the face of politics forever. As Trippi argues persuasively, the Internet is distributing power to the people right now. And the companies that understand the coming revolution will be the first movers in this new era, while those that wait will be left behind. From his behind-the-scenes look at Dean's shocking rise and fall to his "seven inviolable, irrefutable, ingenious things your business or institution or candidate can do in the age of the Internet that might keep you from getting your ass kicked, but then again might not," Joe Trippi offers an inspiring glimpse of the world we are becoming. And he shows how power, in the hands of all of us, changes everything.… (more)
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Title:The Revolution Will Not Be Televised : Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything
Authors:Joe Trippi
Info:(2004), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Was assigned this as a semester project for Campaign Analysis. It's what turned me on to social media. I met Trippi at a Twitter conference 8 years later and totally fangirled my little heart out. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
Fantastic. ( )
  johnnyryan | Nov 30, 2010 |
Written by the campaign manager for Howard Dean during his 2004 bid for president, this book is part memoir of Trippi's life and experience campaigning and part call to arms to overthrow the typical style of campaigning. At times he is arrogant and self-important, but he is in the business of politics so that is to be expected. He takes the time to congratulate himself any chance he gets, and while some of the ideas are very good, I don't really believe they were all his ideas.

He speaks passionately about democracy and of the people taking back their country from corporate interests in far-reaching grassroots efforts that build momentum on the Internet. He talks about how the Dean for America campaign raised millions of dollars in just a few weeks, mainly small donations from thousands of individuals, using the Internet. He apparently detests television, or at the very least, detests television campaign ads, denouncing them as spoon-feeding the American people political messages.

It was an interesting read, I enjoyed hearing about his life on the campaign road, and I think he has some very good points. But I also think he misses some very important points about the current reach of the Internet, what people really want to do with this technology, and how involved people want to be with politics either online or off. His predictions are both short-sighted and overly optimistic - four years was not quite enough time to see his ideas come to fruition though some may in more time. While he sees the Internet as the savior of politics, finally letting each individual speak up, he fails to grasp that there are a million other reasons to give up on politics in general. My final thought: it would have been a lot more fun to enjoy Trippi's aggrandizing if he wasn't so into himself.
  Carlie | Jul 23, 2008 |
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When Joe Trippi signed on to run Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, the long-shot candidate had 432 known supporters and $100,000 in the bank. Within a year, Trippi and his team had transformed the most obscure candidate in the field into a Democratic front-runner with a groundswell of 640,000 supporters and more money than any Democrat in history -- mostly through donations of one hundred dollars or less. Trippi's revolutionary use of the Internet and an impassioned, contagious desire to overthrow politics as usual grew into a national grassroots movement and changed the face of politics forever. As Trippi argues persuasively, the Internet is distributing power to the people right now. And the companies that understand the coming revolution will be the first movers in this new era, while those that wait will be left behind. From his behind-the-scenes look at Dean's shocking rise and fall to his "seven inviolable, irrefutable, ingenious things your business or institution or candidate can do in the age of the Internet that might keep you from getting your ass kicked, but then again might not," Joe Trippi offers an inspiring glimpse of the world we are becoming. And he shows how power, in the hands of all of us, changes everything.

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