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Taking on the System: Rules for Change in a Digital Era
     

Taking on the System: Rules for Change in a Digital Era

by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
 

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The founder of political blog DailyKos.com establishes the fundamental laws that govern today's new era of digital activism.

The laws of power have changed and will continue to do so in our ever-evolving, digital culture. Societal shifts require mastering new skills for effecting positive change. Now it's out with the old rules, in with the

Overview

The founder of political blog DailyKos.com establishes the fundamental laws that govern today's new era of digital activism.

The laws of power have changed and will continue to do so in our ever-evolving, digital culture. Societal shifts require mastering new skills for effecting positive change. Now it's out with the old rules, in with the new...

Founder of one of the nation's most influential political blogs, Zúniga has drawn up his revolutionary strategies such as:

• Don't mourn the street protest—reinvent it
• Feed the backlash
• Demolish your opponents with ridicule
• Identify heroes and villains

Written for both the general public and the grassroots activist, Taking on the System is a timely reminder of the potential power and influence of everyday people.

Editorial Reviews

Suki Casanave
Moulitsas's book is a call to join the fray, and it is peppered with examples of people who are managing, against the odds, to be heard.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

In this primer for activists in the digital age, Zúniga, founder of the influential lefty blog DailyKos, argues that if activists harness new technology such as blogs, podcasting and YouTube, they can "bypass the old-world gatekeepers to communicate to the masses" in order to bring about political change. Tidily organized into pithy directives, including mobilizing, reinventing the street protest and feeding the backlash, this informative and entertaining book-inspired by Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals-moves easily among the current campaign cycle, pop culture phenomena such as Stephen Colbert and the successes and failures of the progressive movement in America. Zúniga's pragmatic, inclusive tone takes the edge off his sometimes didactic insistence that "there's no reason anyone should whine or complain that they are being shut out of the system." It should be noted, however, that the book is targeted directly to other liberals and wastes no time with conciliatory measures toward the right. Anyone in his camp, however, will be rewarded by the read. (Sept.)

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Zúniga, popular political blogger (dailykos.com) and reluctant leader of the netroots-those technocratic raiders now seen as a catalyzing political-action force fomenting populist action-gives us a set of tools and strategies for finding and exposing cracks within the social political-media system. With deft narrative ability, he insightfully dissects the hows and whys of many blog-driven political upsets over the past three years, from the unfortunate circuslike atmosphere unfolding around Cindy Sheehan outside of President Bush's ranch in Texas to the senatorial upset of George Allen in Virginia. Zúniga unfolds the nature and extent of netroots persistence, which is indicative of a seemingly new digital citizenship in which those with access to blogs as platforms can potentially expose and open gates to the democratic process. Zúniga's latest is focused more on practical tools and techniques of political action than his earlier Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics (with Jerome Armstrong). This book will be in demand in libraries serving communities with a blogosphere readership.-Jim Hahn, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana

From the Publisher
“[Zúniga] turns his considerable insight and energy to detailing a manifesto for...radical social change.”—Booklist

“Passionate and accessible prose guaranteed to inspire and empower.”—Elizabeth Edwards

“The most coherent guide to political organizing—on or off the Internet—penned in a generation.”—Al Giordano

“Studded with practical tips and inspirational tales, teaches...how to turn your voice into a force-multiplier without losing your soul...”—James Wolcott, Vanity Fair columnist

“Tidily organized into pithy directives, including mobilizing, reinventing the street protest and feeding the backlash, this informative and entertaining book...moves easily among the current campaign cycle, pop culture phenomena such as Stephen Colbert and the successes and failures of the progressive movement in America.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440635526
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/20/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
389 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Markos Moulitsas Zúniga is the founder of the Daily Kos political blog, which has more than one million readers a day. He was third in Forbes magazine’s “Web Celeb 25” rankings; was one of People En Español’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics”; and made PC World’s list of the “Most Important People on the Web.” He is a regular columnist for Newsweek and a weekly columnist for The Hill. He is also the coauthor of Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics and has appeared frequently in the media. He lives with his wife and children in Berkeley, California.

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