Netroots : online progressives and the transformation of American politics /

Main Author: Kerbel, Matthew Robert, 1958-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Boulder : Paradigm Publishers, c2009.
Series: Media and power
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Kerbel (Villanova Univ.) has written a lively, accessible history of the emergence of the blogosphere as a force in US political life, with an emphasis on how liberal groups have been more nimble than conservative groups at using the Internet to influence political change and mobilize voters and contributors. Kerbel sketches a picture of online progressives as leaning toward the Democratic Party, but also stresses that so-called "netroots" can be just as hostile to the Democratic establishment as they are to Republicans and conservatives. Online progressives represent a challenge to both mainstream media and traditional modes of political organizing, and Kerbel's account shows a community that is growing in size and power. It should be noted that Netroots is intended as an analysis of how the political Left has capitalized on online technology (and in this regard, it succeeds markedly). Readers should not approach it looking for a comprehensive account of how the Internet and blogosphere have been deployed across ideological and partisan spectrums. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers. S. B. Lichtman Shippensburg University

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