Wednesday, May 11, 2005

web site

my website is now up and running. It is not on the mason servers, I could never figure it out.
It offers a few external links to the program I used to make the site and a place to purchace webspace for cheap.

Chapter 5

Chapter five brings up a number of interesting points involving the details of picking which states to campaign in. Trippi describes vermont as the stupidest place on earth to launch any type of political stance. This is mainly due to the low population and for the most part, as a state, it is ignorded on the national level. This bugged me because it only rubbed in the fact that politicians worry about the numbers more than anything. In a perfect world a cantidates impact/message of a single person in vermont would be weighed the same way and be just as important as a person in an election deciding state such as florida/ohio. But this isn't the way things are and according to Trippi they probably never will be. But the cool thing is that with the internet everyones opinion can be heard and readily broadcasted. And its really cool to see all the people speak up that you would havve never really heard from say 5-7 years ago. I'm not sure if Trippi see's it this way. For the most part he doesn't seem to find a problem in selective campaigning, I guess he w0uld say its just part of the process; which it is.
For the most part hes looking more and more like your run of the mill ignorant statistical politician with every chapter I read. This by no means implies that he doesn't at least know what hes talking about; he does seem to be a very knowledgable person.

chapter 4

In chapter 4 Trippi goes into detail of his personal traits that have led to his success on backing cantidates on political campaigns. He describes himself as a person who can easily read into the character of a person based on only a few details. From this he believes he can draw from the cantidates their political stances. This is obviously a good trait to have when deciding who's campaign to back.
He discusses the dificulty of creating timed scripts and how he has boiled it down to a science. He says the words just fly into his head. This is a very difficult thing to do and I have learned this first hand in the video performance class. Its amazing how fast some people can write speaches and fit everything they need to say into an exact amount of time.
At first I thought Trippi was just very self concieted. Buty after this chapter I've realized that he is obviously just very good at his work and isn't afraid to talk about it. His writing style is very cocky and almost comes off with a Hunter S THompson "I dont give a shit" attidtude. He obviously knows what hes talking about but for the most part I havn't really learned anything reguarding up and coming technology. Just history on how things used to work or have worked in the past....boring....

Monday, May 09, 2005

Chapter 3

Joe Trippi obviously has number of storries to tell reguarding campaigning. Chapter 3 is entitled "horror" and Trippi goes into great detail of some of the despicaable sides of running a campaign for someone.
He describes most campains to be broken down into two groups. Group one consists of the cantidate and his close affiliated friends and supporters (who all hope to benifit from the outcome). And the second group of makeshift hourly wage employes that move from one campaign to another(who are all just trying to make a buck). For obvious reasons I think its safe to see how bad politics could seep into a system built like this and Trippi seems to be more than willing to share a few thoughts on his first hand experience with shady politics.
One story in particular was very shocking. Trippi writes about a campaign he worked on where they were filming a TV advertisement for their cantidates particular stance on abortion. The crazy thing about it is that they film an add for both support and un-support. They were going to wait untill the polls came in next morning before airing the one that would be most accepted by the nation.
After hearing about something like this, my imagination kind of goes crazy. Growing up I think i've always felt really detached from politics, and it's really scary to think of how power can be abused if in the hands of the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Trippi defenetly expresses his disliking to these kinds of politics, but I find myself asking myself if he is someone to look up to, or someone to learn from. Im sure this will play out throughout the next few chapters.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Chapter 2

The second chapter opens the reader to the effects of mass media over our nations political process. Joe trippi, the author, backed the kennedy campaigne and he describes this kind of work as "undoubtedly the stupidest human endeavor ever concieved." Throughout the chapter he continues to reinforce this main idea that over the last 10-15 years the internet and other mass communications mediums have changed and still are changing todays politics. And with this change, politicians have become dependent upon these mediums as a way to send a message. Trippi explains that the internet is a cheap and easy medium for politics to share information and public messages. The problems facing the internet are the hard figures. Not everyone in the country has a computer, let alone the internet. But its users increase with every day and according to Trippi it is revolutionizing the way we can connect with politics. Trippi than goes into a number of details involving how difficult it is to be a politician because of how streached they are on a global level. For the most part this chapter just gave me a good sence of how much hard work goes into presidential campaigns and politics in general. Mostly boring stuff, but I think it will serve a good reinforcment for the books mains themes and points.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

chapter 1

This first chapter was a pretty easy read. Believe it or not I'm actually enjoying this book for a number of reasons. First, its nice to finally be reading something more up to date than our class book. Second, the author, Joe Trippi, introduces himself and saves no time getting to some of the big points that the book will cover. Joe grew up during the TV boom and view's this 50 year era of time as our downfall. Not so much at first but what it has become today. He talks about reality TV and how it is striping our youth of having their own lives, and just bashes TV in general. He acknowledges the advances but really doesn't see it going anywhere in the future.

The second half of the chapter deals with the internet. Joe feels that the internet is becoming one of the biggest markets of information to date. The internet is allowing people to connect in ways unimagineable before and this brings up one of his main concepts; information is power. Joe believes that the people who controll information are very powerfull. Dyou agree? I think I do, the more a person knows, the more skillsets he or she has, the more usefull to society he or she is. But this alone might not be enough to gain power, first a person must create a market for this information and than share/sell it in whatever means possible. He later compares the internet to an airplane ready to take off; that it's time to go and if your (kids/adults/businessmen/politicians) not on board, than sorry your gonna miss your flight and be left in the dust.

I'm enjoying this book already because I find myself agreeing with alot of the foundations for his ideals that will most likely play out throughout the book. I veiw the internet as the biggest thing since the automobile, and I also feel that it has an endless number of posibilities now and even more so in the future.

main points from chapter one:

tv as our downfall
information = power
internet as the future