That is why the publication of a genuine, hard-bound book, unself-effacingly titled Drudge Manifesto, comes as a welcome surprise. Here at last. Everyone’s talking about Matt Drudge and Drudge Manifesto:”In this wave of scandal, deceit, and hypocrisy hitting Washington and the world of politics, who can. From the first word in the future of journalism Comes the first book by Matt Drudge — the most sensational, the most outspoken, behind-the-scenes story of the.
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To ask other readers questions about Drudge Manifestoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. May 02, Steve Kettmann rated it did not like it. My Wired News review from when the book came out: Drudge, as in Sludge Steve Kettmann Email Even Drudge’s most ornery critics cannot dismiss the realities: The fedora-wearing, self-appointed media monitor and scold has had a huge impact.
If he had not gone public with Ne My Wired News review from when the book janifesto out: If he had not gone public with Newsweek magazine killing a story about a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky and her beret might have eluded worldwide infamy. A president might dudge have been impeached. Drudge’s fast-and-loose style has influenced journalists everywhere from The New York Times to Salon. His influence may actually grow, even as the proliferation manitesto news-oriented websites — which makes his presence on the Web no longer a novelty — eventually robs him of the high profile he has so aggressively courted.
That is why the publication of a genuine, hard-bound book, unself-effacingly titled Drudge Manifesto, comes as a welcome surprise. Here at last is a chance to go to the source and gain some sense of perspective about the man and his world view. Here is a chance mznifesto evaluate him on his own terms, rather than on the basis of drudte caricature. Here is a chance to learn what he has learned about public life and human nature from having digested a daily diet of tidbits drudgee untold numbers of tipsters e-mailing or calling to dish the dirt.
Actually, here is mostly a need to retch. Even if you have read some ghastly books over the years, you’re unlikely to find many that fill you with more of drudte need to bow before the porcelain god than this one will. Drudge’s motto is to follow the stink, and the stench permeates this thin volume, which even Andrew Sullivan of the New Republic, a Drudge fan, calls “subliterate. Drudge seems eager to establish himself as the Sally “You Like Me” Field of cyberspace, telling readers of this book, “I’m interesting.
Drudge rattles off endless lists of media outlets that have sought him out, as if anyone much cares whether he was ever on Nightline with Ted Koppel. And, of course, he gives us several prose poems. And talks with his cat. And his cat talks back. And we the reader get to read all maanifesto rip-roaring dialogue that ensues. Drudge spends so much time assuring us that he deserves to be taken seriously, it’s only natural to come to the opposite conclusion.
He deserves to be taken as seriously as the crud on the bottom of your shoe. Yet while his writing suggests that he is a pathetic wannabe with an astonishingly limited view — not just of news, but also of the world and, most especially, of life mqnifesto pop-culture history seems to have given him reason to gloat.
Because of the way he used the Internet, manifeso because of the way he’s trashed conventional mnifesto practices, what he thinks matters. What he thinks helps define who we are, because mankfesto connectivity of the Internet means that Drudge is a stand-in for all of us out here, albeit an almost unbelievably off-putting stand-in.
So what does he think? For one thing, he believes the song Seasons in the Sun — one of the most forgettable examples of pop piffle ever — is a good place to go for wisdom and hidden meaning. Ninety-five pages into this “Manifesto,” we finally get sentences pursuing a point with some coherence: This is a worthy point.
Yes, there is a democratization of news flow that occurs when someone like Drudge can set up his own news operation.
Yes, we all benefit from the speed and ease with which any of us with computer and connection can read papers all over the world to compare and contrast. The bloated, corporate, USA Today-influenced media might actually be shamed into getting a tiny bit better as a result.
But Drudge’s shtick about being a virtual high-priest of democracy sounds hollow, as does his repeated claims that the Internet will render all other media irrelevant. First, as Drudge points out, he made his name at a time when established media had not yet taken to the Internet, or at least not in a serious way.
The window of opportunity for freebooters to loom large has closed.
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Second, the fact that anyone can set up shop at home just as Drudge did also dilutes the impact of any single individual — or worse. And yet, this quote comes late in the book and is nowhere else addressed, even though it effectively knocks the wind out of the one big idea Drudge was trying to articulate in this book.
No one can take away Drudge’s claim to the notoriousness he craves, and he’s right to sneer at elitists who condemn him but regularly visit his site — especially those who are part of the “infotainment” trend in news that Drudge rightly abhors. But for someone who takes delight in skewering the pomposity of politicians and media blowhards, Drudge seems oddly tone-deaf to the pomposity that pervades this book. Maybe he needed an editor. Sometimes they can be a big help. Jan 10, Lilibet rated it it was amazing.
The future is now, is Drudge. I don’t get out if bed in the morning without first checking the DrudgeReport. Mar 15, Lindsey Ellefson rated it really liked it.
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This book is really awful but I have to rate it well because it helped me understand someone I didn’t understand before. Mar 21, Frederick Meekins rated it it was ok. Matt Drudge will be remembered for the role he played in popularizing the revolution brought about by the advent of Internet news. However, when it comes to the world of publishing, he better not quit his day job.
As one of the pioneers of a new manifezto of mass communication, one would expect Drudge Manifesto to be an insightful tome as to his medium’s possibilities and strategies on how others might replicate his success.
However, on this count Drudge Manifesto falls as short as the New York Times Matt Drudge will be remembered for the role he played in popularizing the revolution brought about by the advent of Internet news.
However, on this count Drudge Manifesto falls as short as the New York Times in fulfilling its civic obligation of supplying useful information. The reader comes away from Drudge Manifesto with the impression that Mr. Drudge is an individual not unlike his nemesis Bill Clinton too aware of his own place in history. The extent of Drudge’s own self-awareness is to such a radical degree that it has led him to use a number of McCluhanesque literary devices bordering on the bizarre and that, ultimately, detract from the text.
For example, there are a number of pages scattered throughout the work filled with nothing but oversized “0”‘s or a “1”s. On another is nothing but a single declaration in smaller-than-average size type in the center of the page reading “You’re boring”.
The only thing boring is wading through Drudge’s inane gimmicks. In reading Drudge Manifesto, one is forced to conclude that Matt Drudge has become so intertwined with the medium synonymous with his name that he is nearly unable to rise above its limitations or to provide much of an analytical perspective capable of making the information revolution an even more effective venue for further expanding the freedoms of all mankind.
Dec 06, Mitch rated it did not like it. This is, without a doubt, the worst written thing I’ve ever read. That includes everything from 5th grade notes to bathroom graffiti. Which is why I read it. And he’s had a huge impact on US politics thru it. There’s a totally of about 4 pages in this book to tell you how that all works. The rest is egotistical rants, filled with name dropping and very weird poetry.
He wrote this book to let you know he is better This is, without a doubt, the worst written thing I’ve ever read. He wrote this book to let you know he is mxnifesto than everyone in news or politics. He’s also better than editors. So he didn’t use either. Sep 28, Melinda McCrady rated it really liked it.
Gilbert Burgess rated it liked it Sep 04, Tim Sowles rated it it was ok Mar 09, Andy Valadez rated it it was amazing Nov 18, Brian Seboly rated it liked it Feb 15, Alex rated it really liked it May 21, Jameson Steed rated it did not like it Nov 21, Mutchler rated it really liked it May 01,