"Netroots Rising examines a small window of time when a few young guys with basic computer skills stumbled upon a new way to communicate and organize. The Internet is no longer the home of amateurs, and the Netroots have not yet settled upon a new cause or a new candidate. Netroots Rising provides an account not only of the rise of the Netroots, but, perhaps, also their fall."
"These two Democratic political consultants offer a rich, even gripping narrative, well sourced, of our century's transformation in political engagement by means of netroots. The Deaniacs, the draft Clark effort, the campaign against Tom DeLay, and Jim Webb's unlikely victory (Feld coordinated Webb's online fundraising) are among the stories told here. Feld and Wilcox are not sure what the future holds for the netroots phenomenon, but their book has long-term value for large public and undergraduate libraries."
Library Journal, Starred Review
"When Lowell Feld and Nate Wilcox speak, political activists everywhere should listen. And luckily for us, they've come together to share their vast online organizing experience….in the splendid Netroots Rising, a chronicle of war stories and lessons learned from the trenches of the nascent online movement. Make no mistake: This book is simply the best account of the origin and mission of the netroots out there, bar none, in any medium….What pushes the book into must read territory for the practical progressive is their interviewing prowess with all manner of people associated with both the netroots and traditional campaigns….The diverse opinions and experience the authors sought out really lend a richness to this book……..Netroots Rising is a tour de force--comprehensive and interesting, full of character, personality, passion and commitment….a concrete resistance to mass media passivity that cannot be more strongly recommended."
American Nonsense/Daily Kos (http://americannonsense.com) (http://www.dailykos.
"Their survey offers insider and first-hand accounts of the power of the netroots to determine political outcomes and also offers chapters covering how activists build movements and insiders kill them and how the passage of time affects political and internet movements. A must for not only computer libraries, but any collection strong in social sciences."
Midwest Book Review/The Bookwatch
"…it does an excellent job of explaining how the bloggers and other online activists came to play an increasingly important role in American politics…Democrats will love this book, but there is much here for everyone interested in political communications…Netroots Rising is a fascinating book written in an easy-to-read journalistic style. This would be an engaging book to assign in a political communication class. Just as interesting as the information this book provides, however, are the questions it raises but leaves for others to answer."
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
"Blogs have changed the dynamics of campaigns forever in just a few short years, and they've opened up politics to a whole new wave of grassroots activists. Lowell Feld and Nate Wilcox take us behind the scenes of this new phenomenon, revealing the virtues and, yes, the vices of the blogosphere in some of the hottest contests in recent elections. One thing's for sure: politics will never be the same, and people who don't have a handle on blogs won't understand the campaigns of the future." (Larry J. Sabato, Director, Center for Politics, University of Virginia)
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