The Power Of Edison's Unconventional Tactics Of Thomas Edison?

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Thomas Alva Edison possessed a unique intellectual toolbox. His tool filled mind provided a plethora of unconventional methods which enabled him to succeed. At an early age, Edison learned that he could manipulate people, sometimes by withholding the truth to avoid confrontation (Conot 5). Likewise, he would unconventionally manipulate his experiments or audience to achieve an anticipated result (Unconventional Tactics…). A perfect example is the time Edison publicly executed an elephant, named Topsy, in an aggressive effort to maintain success. In the early 1900’s, the standard for electricity known as direct current (DC), invented by Edison, reigned supreme. This invention consistently generated Edison a substantial amount of revenue for discovering it. The reason Edison went to the extremity of electrocuting an elephant was to both demonstrate a point, but more importantly, vanquish his two rival innovators, George Westinghouse and Nicola Tesla. The two rivals posed a great threat to Edison’s monopoly and an even greater threat to his rising popularity. Their weapon of choice? The newly discovered form of electricity called alternating current (AC) (Long). Edison argued that their AC would be infinitely more dangerous to use than his DC, but more importantly, he feared mankind would begin a conversion towards AC (Chandler). In a desperate and very unconventional attempt to discredit his two rival innovators and their form of electricity, Edison released 6,600 volts of
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