At left is Joe Trippi, a political consultant who has joined the presidential campaign of Democrat John Edwards. This is big news in the political world, for several reasons.
First, Trippi managed the campaign of Howard Dean in 2004, helping to bring a little-known Vermont governor much, much further than anyone had expected. Dean self-destructed in the end — though he faced an barrage from his competitors that also helped bring his candidacy down — but his rise to the heights was an amazing thing to watch.
Second, and more important, Trippi was among the earliest political gurus to understand the power of the Net. Others have followed his lead, but Trippi deserves a lot of credit for helping to tap the online community, initially for funds but also for ideas.
He told me something that I put in “We the Media,” and it’s stuck with me: “Broadcast politics tells people they don’t count.”
Where will YouTube politics take us? Stay tuned…
(Photo by JD Lasica)