Monthly Archives: October 2013

Obama for the Win

Howard Dean used the Internet in a novel way to gain support for his campaign. He pioneered the use of the Internet for fundraising, gathering volunteers, and spreading his campaign. Although he was successful at these aspects, his strategy to … Continue reading

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Similar Strategies, Different Results

Technological innovation has spurred a new era of social networking and communication. It is now utilized by most Americans who are on the internet, and is now an integral part of mass communication. In the realm of politics, the use … Continue reading

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Obama’s User-Driven Grassroots Organizing #FTW

The Internet is a fast and easy way to communicate. Interfaces like YouTube, MySpace, and Facebook have made the cyber world a social playground, making available the opportunity to share, converse, and collaborate. These social networking sites have established an … Continue reading

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Obama’s media machine: good or bad?

After reading and discussing the Dean campaign, President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign seems a politicians dream. His campaign executed everything that Dean’s tried to do and more. Obama’s campaign was a machine, but not in the typical sense. When I … Continue reading

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Candidates and their Profile Pages

Since technology and social media have become integrated in our everyday lives, presidential candidates have embraced that change and started using social media for their campaigns. Social networking sites, such as MySpace, YouTube and Facebook, does not only help candidates … Continue reading

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Social Media Management

Using social media sights have a split response in the effectiveness of the use of them for political campaigns. According to Gueorguieva, in “Voters, Myspace and Youtube”, benefits to social media use include: increasing the candidates’ exposure at a low … Continue reading

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Obama’s Game Changer

In Allison Slotnick’s “Friend the Present”, she connects politics and social media to each other, claiming that they are essentially the same. She continues, “It seems so simple once it is boiled down: both politics and Facebook are essentially dependent … Continue reading

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Obama Takes Grassroots Campaigning to the Internet

The Obama team took note of the mistakes made in previous Internet campaigns and used this knowledge to leverage support in a way that would result in victory.  Although Dean was the first to truly embrace this style of campaigning, … Continue reading

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

The readings for this week do a great job of explaining the ways in which President Obama used the internet and social media to enhance his campaign and ultimately win the presidency. By comparing these readings to last week’s reading … Continue reading

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Howard Dean and the Emergence of Internet Campaigns

In regards to Internet campaigns, Howard Dean was a pioneer in using the web to organize, finance and energize his political campaign in the 2004 presidential election. While Dean did not end up winning the election, the successes and failures … Continue reading

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Howard Dean Campaign Lessons

In The Real Lessons of Howard Dean: Reflections on the First Digital Campaign, Matthew Hindman found significant correlation between the snowball effect of early success (or failure) and determining a campaign’s real-world effectiveness.  This was evident in Dean’s failure during the … Continue reading

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The Dean Campaign’s Lack of Strategy for Success

            In Exiting Deanspace, Clay Shirky discusses how the use of Internet tools in Howard Dean’s campaign created the false sense of belief that the campaign had been going successfully.  The campaign heavily relied on the … Continue reading

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Howard Dean and Innovation

In his article “The Real Lessons of Howard Dean: Reflection on the First Digital Campaign”, Matthew Hindman describes the trials, successes, and tribulations of Howard Dean’s attempt at digitizing his 2004 presidential campaign.  Hindman argues that the Dean campaign “highlights … Continue reading

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The Curse of High Expectations

The best and worst thing about viral Internet growth is that you can double your size in a matter of days. This wild popularity of the Dean campaign sparked a movement, but its campaign management failed to ever achieve front-runner … Continue reading

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Images Can Be Deceiving

Political campaigns have become a lot trickier today with new technologies like the Internet.  Like in the case of Howard Dean, a 2004 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, there was an overwhelming sense that he was going to win … Continue reading

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Political Slacktivism Round 2: Howard Dean

Howard Dean’s political campaign was just short of infallible: he raised a ton of money (mostly online), got people to volunteer for him even though only around a quarter of them learned about the recruiting meetings from peers, and attracted … Continue reading

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Howard Dean and Slactivism

In the Internet age, tracking the success of candidate outreach and popularity can be a misleading exercise. The case of Howard Dean highlights perfectly how the complexity of voter-tendencies cannot be inscribed by simply money or name-recognition. Dean’s candidacy was … Continue reading

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The Novelty of the Dean Campaign

The Dean campaign demonstrates the power of the web for organizing and gathering support within the realm of political campaigns. The analyses offer insight into many of the theories and perspectives we have discussed. Specifically, the Dean campaign reinforces that … Continue reading

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Howard Dean’s Movement

The Internet provides many new tools that are available to political campaigns to engage and attract voters. By using things such as blogs, meet up, and online fund-raising, Dean provided citizens with a way to express their ideas and connect … Continue reading

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The Downfalls of Howard Dean’s Campaign

One advantage of the Internet is its ability to connect people to their government. This was evident in Howard Dean’s 2003 campaign, during which Dean raised a ton of money and obtained what was perceived as massive support through the … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Howard Dean

(Yep, that’s me on the left. With a lot more hair and beardless.) “The Scream Heard ‘Round The World.” In 2004 during the Democratic Presidential Primaries, Gov. Howard Dean notified campaign supporters after a defeat in Iowa that he would … Continue reading

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Why I am skeptical of politicians on social media

I found it interesting how politicians were becoming frustrated with journalists and television news in the Bimber reading. This relates back to our conversation in class about the difference between the news clip from the 1960s and the news clip … Continue reading

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The Filter Bubble: From the 19th Century to Today

Standage’s The Victorian Internet explains the difficult job of the creation and facilitation of the first transatlantic telegraph and the many attempts and failures that occurred before its final success. Millions of dollars, a whole lot of cable, two boats, … Continue reading

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How do they compare? Telegraph vs. Internet

The main takeaway from Standage’s writing was how far communication has come.  In today’s world we don’t have to think twice about sending a message instantly to the other side of the world, and news from far away countries is … Continue reading

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Telegraphy, Global Village, and World Peace

Technological innovations have been a cornerstone for global growth. The economic, political, and cultural progress both in the United States, as well as globally, all have strong ties to technology. In the novel The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage outlines telegraphy … Continue reading

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The “Miracle” of Communicating: Now and Then

After several years of difficulties and rebuilding, the Atlantic Telegraph was built to bring the world together. Engineers and Inventors worked tirelessly to modernize the simple ways of the Postal Service and offer a new technology that would allow for … Continue reading

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Technological self-destruction

Humans have a knack for innovation. Everything from the telegraph to the smart phone revolutionized the way people went about their daily lives. When Edward Whitehouse first arranged for a transatlantic telegraph cable, it took several attempts, with two ships, … Continue reading

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The Telegraph and the Global Village

Even though society was skeptical of the idea of building a transatlantic telegraph during the1850s, William Thomson, Cyrus Field and his committee were able to successfully build an electric telegraph after much trial and error.  With the emergence of the … Continue reading

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For the Good of Man

“Practical experience is every bit as valuable as theoretical understanding.” In chapter 5 of Standage’s book The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-Line Pioneers, he explains the difficult job of the creation and … Continue reading

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From Telegraph to Technical Difficulties

The readings for this week took us back in time to the 1800s, when new technology was being developed to connect people across the globe. I would like to question, however, what are the downsides of being able to communicate … Continue reading

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