About the Book:
Is Glenn Beck a liberal?
Perhaps not, but when Michael Charney decides to plant that idea out in the “Twitterverse,” some interesting conversations begin. People shout at him (MORON!), block him (SCUMSUCKER!), and belittle him (WAKE UP, IDIOT!). Eventually, though, some people start to listen…
Today’s political dialogue has been stolen, hijacked from us by those with the loudest voices. Until we begin to take that conversation back for ourselves, we remain at the mercy of those with the most radical agendas, the most extreme visions for our country. The risk is great: a country run by a vociferous minority that just happens to scream louder than the rest of us is NOT what democracy is supposed to be about…
With discussions about politics, schools, national security, manifestos, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Flag Code–and the Senate’s Candy Desk–Charney cuts a wide swath through the issues facing our country, a country he claims has a serious case of “Electile Dysfunction.”
About the Author:
Michael Charney is a principal with Charney Coaching & Consulting LLC, where he provides expert services in the areas of team building, communications and succession management. As part of his responsibility for social media strategy and business platform development, he also provides regular blog, Facebook and Twitter postings.
As an executive and leader he has pioneered work in corporate social networking, textual and language analysis and professional services methodologies.
In the early days of social media, he helped design and create internal corporate social systems that allowed people to build profiles, define levels of expertise, and share knowledge with virtual team members around the globe. These systems were used by such companies as Unisys, ADP and Benjamin Moore, and such organizations as Yale University.
This background provides him with an understanding of social networking culture, particularly with respect to the ways in which individuals use social networking as a personal bully pulpit. He found that, when working in corporations, the most knowledgeable and/or respected individuals were not necessarily those who dominated conversations—a phenomenon clearly seen throughout the course of his experiment in the political Twittersphere.
Michael has also taught English as an Adjunct Professor and is the author of more than two dozen short stories, essays and technical articles covering a wide range of topics including mainstream fiction, science fiction, technology, education and knowledge management. He has won awards for both his fiction and non-fiction, and has been published in both North America and Europe. Examples of his published works include:
- ”Punks on the Admiral,” a prize winner in the semi-annual short fiction contest sponsored by Amaranth Review.
- “Moths,” published in Eotu and subsequently selected for their annual “Best of” issue.
- “Self-Judgment: A Student Discovers the Value of the Personal Essay,” an award-winning essay subsequently anthologized in Making a Difference: Personal Essays by Today’s College Teachers.
- “A Dialectical Model for Best-Practices Development,” published in World Congress of Intellectual Capital Readings: Cutting-edge thinking on intellectual capital and knowledge management from the world’s experts.
Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree from U.C. Berkeley and a Master’s Degree from William Paterson University, the latter in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.
Interestingly, Michael has never been all that interested in politics. At least, he didn’t think so….
His latest book is Chasing Glenn Beck: A Personal Experiment in Reclaiming Our Hijacked Political Conversation.
Visit his website at www.chasingglennbeck.com.
This book started as an experiment for Mr. Charney - to prove that Glenn Beck is not what he purports to be. The first chapters of the book are more a tutorial on Twitter social media and how it all works more than anything else. Then Mr. Charney starts tweeting - to the sound of crickets. He breaks his rules and begins to engage with other conservatives and starts to learn more about himself before he continues with his Beckian experiment. Mr. Charney's feeling is that both parties' ideals have been hijacked by a system that is driven more by money than by serving a constituency.
I found that other than the political references being a bit outdated - the book details the beginning of the Republican race to the primaries - the book was an interesting diversion from my usual reads. No matter what your political affiliation I think you would find the discussions in the book interesting in light of the current feeling in the country that Corporate money is buying representation. Mr. Charney also expresses that both parties seem to have lost the ability to be moderate. They seem to be reaching to the most conservative or most liberal aspects to pander to a message that gets the most press. He feels this is not good for politics at all.
The book was easy to read and Mr. Charney is quite funny at times but he can meander. His premise comes and goes throughout the book but don't let that keep you from reading.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Chasing Glenn Beck gratis from Pump Up Your Book Promotions. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.