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Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics (Media & Power) (Media and Power) Paperback – September, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1594514852 ISBN-10: 1594514852

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Product Details

  • Series: Media and Power
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594514852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594514852
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here scholars of communication and politics, as well as activists on that and other campaigns, offer analysis beyond the partisan sound bite. --Book News Inc.

Written with the passion, enthusiasm and honesty that characterized Howard Dean's historic grassroots presidential campaign, Mousepads, Shoe Leather and Hope shows how the Internet can transcend cynicism, build communities, and engage ordinary people in a way that is already rejuvenating our democracy. --Matthew R. Kerbel, author, Netroots, editor, Get This Party Started: How Progressives Can Fight Back and Win

The way we do politics changed in 2004. The Dean Campaign gave new meaning to grassroots organizing, revitalizing democracy and the Democratic Party along with it. A glorious failure, it may yet prove to herald new triumphs. The Internet was at the core of that moment, and this volume captures the flavor and excitement of those heady and headstrong days. --Toby Miller, author, Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age

About the Author

Zephyr Teachout is an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where she is researching law and political corruption. She was the Director of Online Organizing for Howard Dean's campaign, the National Director of the Sunlight Foundation, the Executive Director of the Fair Trial Initiative, and a consultant for several new media companies. In 2005-2006 she was a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She received her law degree summa cum laude from Duke Law School, and holds an M.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a BA in English from Yale. Thomas Streeter is an associate professor at the University of Vermont, where he teaches about and studies the media and the Internet. His Selling the Air (University of Chicago Press 1996) won the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research. Other publications include The Moment of Wired (Critical Inquiry), and The Romantic Self and the Politics of Internet Commercialization (Cultural Studies). He has taught at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Southern California, and in 2000 2001 was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.

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Thomas Streeter (http://www.uvm.edu/~tstreete) teaches at the University of Vermont, and studies media, technology, law, and culture. He studies the soft side of hard issues, that is, the role of cultural beliefs in shaping things like institutions, property, legal regulation, and technology. From radio broadcasting to the internet, the adoption, use, and even the constitution of new technological systems are often influenced, not just by economic and structural factors, but by cultural trends and habits of belief.

His award-winning Selling the Air, a study of the cultural underpinnings of the creation of the US broadcast industry, was published in 1996. He edited, with Zephyr Teachout, a volume about the use of the internet in Howard Dean's run for President, called Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope, published in 2007. The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet, came out in December, 2010.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex Zakaras on October 10, 2007
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This is an excellent book, and will be interesting to anyone who cares about political organizing and democratic power. It is a very unusual political memoir, written by people who participated at all levels of the campaign, each of whom speaks from his or her own point of view. The authors offer frank, searching assessments of the campaign's many successes and failures. They also tell wonderfully compelling stories drawn from both the heights and depths of the movement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philip Baruth on October 31, 2007
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Whether you personally like Howard Dean or not is beside the point: he has moved the Democratic Party light years into the future. If you're a Democrat, you should understand that history in order to honor it. If you're a Republican, you should understand that history in order to surpass it. And if you're a Nader supporter, have I got a bone to pick with you . . .
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