The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything

by Joe Trippi

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In a blend of Wired magazine and The Boys on the Bus, the man who invented Internet politics tells the story of how it was done and reveals how every sector can benefit from tech revolution.

Campaign manager Joe Trippi, who signed on to run Howard Dean’s campaign when there was less than $100,000 in the till and fewer than 500 people involved, transformed the most obsure candidate in the field into the Democratic frontrunner and all-but-coronated party nominee in less than a year. The secret of Trippi’s off-the-charts success: a revolutionary use of the Internet, and an impassioned, contagious desire to overthrow politics-as-usual. Before Dean knew it, he had a groundswell of 600,000 Americans behind him, was leading in every poll, and had raised $45 million—more money than any Democrat in history.

We now know that unprecedented fundraising, unheard-of numbers of people checking in on the Internet, chatting on blogs, reaching out to their fellow voters and showing up at house parties really can compete with—and in so many ways exceed— the more traditional approaches to winning in politics. But the why’s and how’s leave much fertile ground to plow, and for the first time, Trippi, an icon to all the Dean supporters he energized, is sharing his lessons learned, along with colorful behind-the-scenes stories from the campaign trail.

Perhaps lulled by the bust of the dot.com boom, many have dismissed the Internet as old news. But if Dean’s campaign wasn’t enough of a wake-up call, this book is: Trippi reveals just how the sleeping power of technology can be harnessed, and illuminates how every organization and individual in America can benefit from the tidal wave of change on the horizon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061561078
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Edition description: Updated for 2008 election
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joe Trippi made national headlines with his innovative Internet-based campaign for Governor Howard Dean. A senior adviser on Senator John Edwards's 2008 campaign, Trippi is an election analyst and commentator for CBS, and he has been profiled in GQ, Fast Company, The New Republic, and the New York Times Magazine. A father of three, he lives with his wife on the eastern shore of Maryland.

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