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Cybercitizen: How to Use Your Computer to Fight for ALL the Issues You Care About Paperback – September 2, 2000

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This is a book of exhortation, and the subtitle tells it all. Kush, who runs Soapbox Consulting in Washington, D.C., presents a handbook on how to get things done in a democracy by using the tools of cyberspace: Web sites, e-mail, and so on. He gives good soundbites of advice on how to make a difference in both local and federal governments by studying, surfing, downloading, writing, and e-mailing. Much of the book comprises annotated lists of Web sites, and these are balanced in their coverage, from Al to George W., from coalitions to flash campaigns. Best of all is the chapter called "Your Own Private Idaho," where Kush outlines just how to proceed after you've stopped screaming and decided to do something. It's written on a basic level, and there's some repetition, but what he says is sound--and it works. The quotations that head each chapter, from de Tocqueville to Margaret Mead, are catchy and apt. The Web site that would be the perfect accompaniment does not seem to be operational as yet, alas. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Cybercitizen was an AmericanWay "Paper Pick". -- AmericanWay

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312263058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312263058
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,623,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Kwan on January 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Cybercitizen" provides a crashcourse in the ways that you can use your computer to make a difference, especially in ways that you can convey your concerns to government officials. I think a good word to describe this book is "index", for it provides an index of nice sites that you can check out. I'm kind of worried however, that given that internet information (from website to email addresses) changes all the time, the book may become quickly out of date. I was expecting the author to not only give examples of websites but also to write about ways that you can organize on the internet (like how to use email lists, websites, internet outreach, etc.), but it doesn't have anything like that. I think this is one of the first "how-to" book focusing on cybera-advocacy. It is a good attempt, but it leaves a lot of room for another book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2001
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I've had an issue that I've been trying to put on my Congressman's radar screen, and I have had no luck. Cybercitizen gave me some great ways to convince my Congressman, or any politician for that matter, to do what I think is the right thing to do. It's not just web sites.. it's ideas that motivate!
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