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Internet, strumento-chiave per l’attivismo politico di domani

Redazionale, ore 12:23 am

Intervista con Joe Trippi, gi? manager della campagna Internet di Howard Dean – volutamente lasciata nell’originale inglese e per gentile concessione di NetPolitique.

Netpolitique: “There isn’t a single f…..g vote to be had on the internet!": according to a Joe Klein article in Time magazine this week, this was a quote by Jim Jordan (he denies it), former campaign manager of John Kerry, at the time the Kerry campaign was getting concerned about Howard Dean’s surge. I read this quote as I was halfway through your book. This is actually a pretty good summary of what most politicians and political consultants still think. What do you tell them?

Joe Trippi : They don’t know what they’re talking about… attitudes like that continue to keep the Democratic Party in the dark when it comes to the internet. This is why Republicans beat us on talk radio and cable television; they understand the importance of new technology and invest enormous amounts of money in it.
More and more people receive their political new exclusively from the internet. As that trend increases my hope is that no one will take the internet for granted… folks like Democrats.com are now even identifying likely voters through email. This is the future… anyone who does not recognize that is out of touch and will soon find themselves out of work.

Netpolitique: You describe in your book how you used the internet to fuel an “insurgent-type” of campaign. Is this model limited to progressive, outside of the mainstream, campaigns, or do you expect it to become common currency among activists across the political spectrum?

Joe Trippi : nitely not the exclusive property of the progressive movement though it is likely to be more successful for those not in power in either party. The internet is a bottom up tool which is why it challenges the front runners and political parties which are traditionally run from the top down. That mentality just won’t work online and the grassroots know when they are being taken advantage of… they want real involvement, not something given by the current power structure.

Netpolitique: You’ve described the Dean campaign as an “open-source” campaign, by opposition to the traditional top-down, command-and-control approach, in which everyone could participate to comment, propose and improve. As you indicate, this is anathema to most political professionals. If Howard Dean had made it all the way to the White House, could one govern that way?

Joe Trippi : Had Governor Dean made it to the White House I’m confident there would be a different mindset in relation to the grassroots. Some of the best in our campaign came from our grassroots supporters. I’d hope that the dialogue would continue had we gotten that far and I’m pretty sure it would have. What form it would have taken I’m not entirely sure.

Netpolitique: Are you interested in what happens overseas as well? Have you been consulted by parties or candidates outside of the US interested in revving up their internet strategy?

Joe Trippi : In general, I don’t discuss the work I do with clients until that work is complete… whether they are in the United States or not. What I will say is that this bottom up revolution is not only an American experience. I’m confident we’ll see these same movements in other countries as well and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are even more successful as technology and access improves.

Netpolitique: Our last and ritual question: what are your 3 favorite websites/blogs?

Joe Trippi : Well, of course I’m going to sayjoetrippi.com, my personal blog, but I also enjoy reading Dailykos.com and atrios.blogspot.com, which are both great examples of successful, progressive, constantly updated blogs that have built communities around their readership.


- Howard Dean guarda indietro e si confessa: “We gave people hope”.
- Il libro di Joe Trippi, “The Revolution will not be televised: Democracy the Internet and the overhrow of everything” (Regan Books, 2004).

1 Comment

  1. But how does Trippi explain the fact that his legions of web Deaniacs failed to materialize on primary day. Or, more likely, once they got in the voting booth, couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a loose cannon. Look at Australia, where the pundits swore it would be close, or that Howard would be turned out.

    Much more impt: do u know of any internet photos of Mutassim ‘Hannibal’ Gaddafi, one of the Colonel’s useless progeny? I can only find one. Arent’ they somewhat notorious in Italy for taking advantage of diplomatic immunity?

    jeff — 14/10/2004 @ 3:10 am

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