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.

5 Comments:

Blogger Emily Gwartney said...

You haven't posted in a while. I never really thought about about politicians campaigning on the Internet. I wonder what kind of campaigning is the most effective. During the Presidential election is the only time I ever see television ads for the candidates. I'm always seeing roadside posters for people running for a public office. I'm not sure how effective those are because you're driving by too quickly to really catch any details. Anyways, interesting comment.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Shontee Goldsboro said...

I know during the Gore and bush elections I used the internet quite a bit to research the canidates and listen to speeches that I may have missed when they aired on television. I do think that presidential canidates need to tap into this resource a little more.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Cameshia T. said...

Some believe politicans on television are more like staged acts. Sometimes it is like watching a tv show. I think the internet will continue to change politics as people realize how many people are on the net, and how easily they can reach them. Can you image what the presidential elections would be like without, TV, radio, and internet. It'd be extremely hard to hear as much as we do concerning their platforms. We wouldn't get to see their speeches in other stats live. We'd rely on newspapers, and some of them can be quite bias. Mass communications has and will continue to shape the way we view politics. I wonder when they will make a way for you to vote from home?

9:11 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

While not everyone in the country has Internet in their home, most of the actual voting public does. Opinion leaders, like bloggers with wide readership, have a huge influence on other voters. The Internet has the potential to allow us to make better decisions in voting, but sometimes it just serves to further polarize people as they follow opinion leaders blindly.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Brett B. said...

Politics is dependent on the media. However, I don't consider this a bad thing. Without politicians using the internet, television, or radio the public would have no idea what to think or what was going on. Let's face it, we all need it. Also, it is a big process for campaigns and is also a lot of work. Politicians know this, which is why they hire so many different people to help them get their message to different audiences via different sources of media.

12:33 AM  

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