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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Revised Ed: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything
by Joe Trippi
When Joe Trippi signed on to manage Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, the long-shot candidate had 432 known supporters and $100,000 in the bank. Within a year the most obscure horse in the field was the front-runner, with $50 million in the campaign till, thanks to Trippi and his team. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is the incredible story of how Joe Trippi's ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by William Morrow Paperbacks
(first published July 1st 2004)
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I'm genuinely enjoying this, especially because it's one of the first politics/info-tech books I've read where the author actually knows enough about both topics to combine them without a lot of awkward flailing. (Usually it's either "Here's how political campaigns worked in the 80's! Somehow the internets will change this! TWITTER!" or, "Here is how the internet works and social networking and oh oh oh check this out and oh by the way perhaps politicians might use this somehow TWITTER!") Trippi ...more
Very insightful combination of memoir and political strategy coming of age in the internet era. Trippi's first person narrative is a fun and fast read of the Howard Dean campaign that not only brings to life the personalities of the campaign, but also showcases the web's first campaign for President. The 2008 Afterward shows how the Obama campaign not only read his book, but was able to hand Trippi's campaign for John Edwards their own version of how to build a bottom-up campaign.
I find some of these political autobiographies/treatises to be slightly repetitive, and this one is no different. Still, it is pretty exhilerating to read Howard Dean's former campaign manager Joe Trippi's account of how the Internet revolutionized politics and how it took hold of Dean--himself an Internet neophyte. This book will make a good primary source when future historians are looking at the rise of Internet and its impact on community involvement and political participation. When one thi ...more
Oct 29, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Trippi was campaign manager for Howard Dean for most of his presidential campaign. There is a lot in here about how the Internet came of age as a political tool. Trippi sees this as a truly revolutionary event, shifting power from on high to a much broader base. He takes extreme joy in recounting incidents in which bloggers had immediate impact on the campaign, making it the most interactive such campaign to date. I expect he sees himself in the role of midwife to the birth of a new political ex ...more
This book, part memoir of the Howard Dean presidential campaign, part blueprint for the future of politics and the internet, is an engaging and interesting read. Joe Trippi shows how the internet is one of the best things to happen to democracy. This thought-provoking book will make anyone get involved in our electoral process, and shows how people have the power to take our country back.
Apr 30, 2011 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peggy, Stephen, Gary
I don't read political stuff... but this is keeping me interested. **update** I finished it and mailed it to a friend. I liked that it was pep-talk-like in its ability to get me fired up for politics. Which I am normally not. At all. For either or any side. So, it was really good.
Nov 17, 2013 Amanda Nan Dillon rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
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“I'd learned something important about politics Kennedy-style: The cause was everything. Win or lose, spend yourself completely, leave nothing on the table, not even your health. Losing would be painful, but not as painful as knowing there was something else you could've done.”More quotes…