The Drudge Manifesto
Reviewed by Brent Barksdale, Sr. Editor
The media elite claim to abhor him, the White House claims to ignore him, but they all read him….every day. They can’t help it.
The same goes for Matt Drudge’s new book, The Drudge Manifesto. They will buy it and they all will read it. They can’t help it. And in the book he reminds them of this fact over and over again.
From the very second you open Matt Drudge’s new literary excursion it is clear that you are in his world. Part cyber talk, part rant, part poetry, and part genius.
It is even dedicated to Linda Tripp just to show the reader that Mr. Drudge doesn’t believe in focus groups or Madison Avenue marketing.
The Manifesto covers a lot of ground in a way only Drudge could do it. No chapters, no table of contents, no rules, it’s all laid out in the way Drudge sees fit. Just like the Drudge Report that made him famous.
The Manifesto tells the story of the Cyber wonder boy growing up in DC. It covers the early days of the Drudge Report in his Hollywood Apartment. And of course, it details the whirlwind that is now Drudge’s life. Oh yea and he even recounts the events that led to the story of all stories that eventually impeached the President of the United States or POTUS as Drudge calls him.
One thing that makes Matt’s life so ironic is that he grew up in the same city he has now terrorized for over two years. Drudge writes that as a newspaper delivery boy in the Nation’s Capitol delivering papers usually came second to reading and penciling in better and more sensational headlines to the papers he was supposed to deliver.
"On the day President Reagan was shot, the star header was far too wordy. I just knew I’d do it better if I were in charge." No deadline, no editor, no bureau chief. Drudge is definitely in charge.
In his news room "built by Radioshack" he has the ability to access dozens of wire services, instant message a Whitehouse staffer, e-mail a conservative talk show host and just maybe drop the latest bombshell to rock the nation.
The book, interspersed with poems, quotes, stories, and pages containing one sentence, makes it clear that the Drudge Manifesto is like no other.
It is impossible to choose one single thing that makes the Manifesto so unique. There are so many unique elements contained in the pages of the Drudge Manifesto, too many to even note.
The book even takes a not so subtle swipe at the cutest media personality of all time: Katie Couric. Apparently Katie Couric’s coverage of the year 2000 celebration in Times Square didn’t sit to well with Drudge. Several times throughout the book Drudge flashes Katie’s quote from 12:20 am on New Years Eve "This is really boring."
The swipe comes full circle toward the end of the Manifesto when he answers his own question posed to Katie Couric: ‘Yo, Katie! You may have the best seat in the house for the biggest party in the history of New York City……... And if you’re bored, it’s because…" Then the reader turns to see the next page which contains only two words in 6 font: "you’re boring."
Once again, proving that he cares nothing for earning personality points from his peers.
" If I’m not interesting, the world’s not interesting. If the DRUDGE REPORT is boring, the world is boring," Drudge proclaims.
His web site, which currently receives over a million hits a day from around the globe is definitely not boring and the same goes with his manifesto which, has now hit #1 on Amazon.com.
Definitely a good read, but the reader may have to go a little slower than usual to try to follow the ‘Drudgespeak’ when it’s used. The cyber wonderboy uses his own distinct language:
"Welcome to the Zeroe’s, pal.
So grab a cup of coffee or an extra strength Mountain Dew and hold on for a ride into Matt’s Drudge’s cyber world that you will not soon forget.
© Brent Barksdale, 2000
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