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on May 29, 2012
Without a doubt, Dave's work has critically shaped the way that I think about making change. More clearly than any other writer I have read, Dave shows how technological advances enable disruptive innovations in organizational structure and mission.

In "Here Comes Everybody," Clay Shirky writes that "Communications tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring. The invention of a tool doesn't create change; it has to have been around long enough that most of society is using it. It's when a technology becomes normal, then ubiquitous, and finally so pervasive as to be invisible, that the really profound changes happen, and for young people today, our new social tools have passed normal and are heading to ubiquitous, and invisible is coming."

The MoveOn Effect is a brilliant description of the exact way in which new communications tools have become "socially interesting" and is a must read for anyone interested in figuring out how to make the next decade even more socially interesting than the last one.
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on May 29, 2012
What I appreciate most about Karpf's account of the rise of online advocacy organizations like MoveOn is that he is able to address both academic and popular audiences. This book advances the thinking about what has come to be known as the "netroots" by offering a theory of how the Internet has changed the organizing and advocacy models that dominated U.S. politics for so long. But supporting this theoretical foundation is actually a superb and readable narrative history that should be of great interest not only to scholars but to journalists and citizens who care about the new politics of the Internet. This is not to missed, as it is sure to become the foundation for future thinking about the role of digital media in American politics for years to come.
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on May 28, 2012
"The MoveOn Effect" is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the changing landscape of American political advocacy. A promising young political scientist with years of on-the-ground organizing experience, Karpf is able to speak clearly and engagingly to academics and activists alike. He deftly explores the shift from legacy organizations to a new, leaner generation of political organizations, with changing approaches to membership, fundraising and political engagement. This is a must-read for anyone working in or studying political organizing, and a fascinating look at the key organizational players in a contentious election year.
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on March 6, 2015
Any chance to read or listen to David Karpf should not be missed. He's astute, forward thinking and incredibly clever and funny, making his analysis all that much more fun to experience. His writing is anything but dry, as juicy as it gets, and the book is an important piece of the puzzle in understanding the nexus of tech and social change in the 21st century! 5 stars!
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