Monthly Archives: February 2012

Week 8

In the chapter of his book entitled The Open Source Campaign, Trippi discusses the 2004 Howard Dean campaign and cites it as a major landmark in the use of the Internet in campaigning. Trippi describes the strong online presence of … Continue reading

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Week 8

In his article, Hindman considers how a campaign like Dean’s which started out so well could have ended so badly. He suggests that a lot of pre-internet political logic applies in explaining his initial, ostensible success. For example, in the … Continue reading

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Howard Dean Week 8

Shirky argues in ‘Exiting Deanspace’ that the Howard Dean campaign during the primaries of 2003 was a “mirage” – it did what successful campaigns do but fell short because it failed to get actual votes.  While his digital strategies set … Continue reading

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Week Eight

According to many political commentators, the 2004 Dean campaign is one of the most epic collapses by a political condiadate in the history of American presidential candidates.  This is quite the charge, as there have been elections every 4 years … Continue reading

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Week 8

Clay Shirky analyzes and discusses how Howard Dean’s “successful” campaign was not actually successful at all.  He explains that even though he used a multi-faceted campaign, raised a significant amount of money, and got a lot of attention, his “success” … Continue reading

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Week 8 blog post

In “Exiting Deanspace”, Shirky explains that the questions surrounding the Dean campaign should not focus on how he lost the lead, but instead on why people believed the Dean campaign was in the lead to begin with. He mentions two … Continue reading

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Week 8 Reading

In Chapter 8 of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Trippi describes the successes of the Dean campaign. Trippi writes very positively about the grassroots feel of the online community created by the Dean, which mostly centered around the campaign’s … Continue reading

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Week 8- Howard Dean

This week’s readings focused on the revelation of campaigning using Internet and social media tactics. Specifically, they explained the ways in which Howard Dean used the web to “organize, invigorate, and finance his campaign” (Hindman); however, the articles decipher that … Continue reading

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Week 8

Hindman and Trippi discuss how the Internet can boost success in politics if it is used correctly. But part of the issue is determining whether or not Internet use in politics is effective, and what about that use makes it … Continue reading

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Week 8- Howard Dean

This week’s readings focused on the campaign of Howard Dean, who was a democratic candidate for president in 2004. The perennial subject of Dean’s candidacy was his use of the Internet to form his campaign. He is widely recognized as the first … Continue reading

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Week Eight

Howard Dean’s presidential run in 2004 was unlike any other campaign due to its use of a nontraditional media, the Internet, to promote Dean and his message. However, there were unintended effects from online forums that began to draw away from … Continue reading

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Week 8-Howard Dean Campaign

The Howard Dean campaign revitalized campaigning strategies.  According to Hindman, “the Dean campaign seemed poised to do for the Internet what the Kennedy-Nixon debate did for television.”  Although Dean did not succeed in gaining the presidency, he did succeed in … Continue reading

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Tactics Vs. Strategy Week 8

Clay Shirky has become a staple in our class reading.  I always find him so forthright and interesting.  His article on Howard Dean, Exiting Dean Space (2007) provides an interesting evaluating of the Dean campaign, and the fallacy of his success.  His evaluation reminds … Continue reading

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Jorden Gemuend – Week 8 – Trippi and Hindman

Allowing his campaign to be held in the hands of his supporters, Howard Dean took a risk that most political candidates would not dare to take. By allowing his campaign to be open source using the internet, Howard Dean was … Continue reading

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Week 8

Dean’s campaign was one of the first to effectively utilize the internet as a tool for electoral organizing and with it generated a large base of support and financial resources. However, this does not directly spell out victory and the … Continue reading

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Week 7

This week’s readings by Bimber and Druckman focus on the development of campaign websites for political candidates. They argue that website strategy changes with every election year to reflect changes in technology, but that the original motivation behind producing a … Continue reading

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Week 7

Throughout America’s history, as technology advanced, society changed their everyday communication habits adapting to these new innovations. Along with society, political candidates tries their best to keep up and go where the masses went, where they could appeal to as … Continue reading

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Week 7 – Barlow, Druckman et al., Bimber & Davis

The advent of online communication not only offered a new tool for one to reach many — in particular, for politicians to impart messages to the public. It also, as the authors of this week’s readings detail, inaugurated a wholly … Continue reading

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Week 7

I find John Perry Barlow’s article, “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” compelling. It brought a new school of thought to my attention. Firstly, I agree with the notion that cyberspace creates: …a world that all may enter without … Continue reading

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Week 7- Bimber/Druckman

A quote that was cited by Bimber that summarized the theme of the readings was: “If democracy is about elections, elections are about communication, and so to understand how democracy works requires understanding how communication works and how it evolves … Continue reading

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Week 7 – Barlow/Druckman et. al

While Barlow took on a more revolution-inspiring tone as the piece gave a voice to cyberspace, Druckman and his colleagues took the readers through a history of the relationship between candidates and Web technology. After reading these pieces, I argue … Continue reading

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Week 7

This weeks readings focused primarily on how the Internet has allowed and pushed for the creation of campaign websites. Bimber & Davis note that since the 1990s, digital campaigns have evolved and changed the way the candidates campaign. It is … Continue reading

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Week 7

The way that the some people believe the Internet, in its ideal form, serves as a fundamental part of democratic function is very interesting. The readings reveal that  candidates form strategic messages (that sometimes decimate accountability) to gather support and … Continue reading

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Jorden Gemuend – Week 6 – Standage and Katz

In order to first receive mass media messages, we must first have a mass media. However, even though our technologies today have enabled mass communications with ease, our primary source of influence still comes from interpersonal communication. The process of … Continue reading

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Week 6

In this week’s reading, Standage recounts the historical development of the Telegraph and the impact it had on economy and culture. Standage describes the long process for connecting North America to Europe and the impact that this connection had on … Continue reading

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Week 6 – The Old Social Media Environment

This week, we learn a history of the way new media technologies dramatically changed the way news and politics are communicated. In Standage’s Victorian Internet, he outlines the creation of the telegram and its further transformation as proved necessary by … Continue reading

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Week 6

This week’s readings addressed the way that technology changes political and social communication. In the Standage readings, each new development was generally considered to be life-changing, with people throwing parades and doing gun salutes for the trans-Atlantic cable. I thought … Continue reading

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Week 6

Standage writes in Chapters 5, 6, and 9 about the progression of ‘The Victorian Internet’ and how it took shape from the developments of telegraph cables, submarine wires, pneumatic tube systems, and messengers.  While many of these new communication technologies … Continue reading

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Week 6

For this week’s readings, the topic was related to new technologies that surfaced in an older time period. Specifically, the chapters from Standage’s book, The Victorian Internet, discuss the invention of the telegraph, explaining some of its positive and negative … Continue reading

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Week Six

Based on this week’s readings and by observing the media landscape around us, it is evident that changes in technology are very significant. In chapter five of his book, Standage discusses the development of early telegraphy.  He explains that, just … Continue reading

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