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.