Today, David Brock, Founder and CEO of Media Matters for America, sent an email encouraging folks to purchase an autographed copy of the new book Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press by Eric Boehlert, a Senior Fellow here at Media Matters and a contributor to this blog.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Eric on the release of the book and let everyone here on the blog know that it's an excellent read. I'm about half way through it and have to say it's quite a compelling look inside the netroots revolution. If you enjoyed Boehlert's last book, Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush, you'll love his latest.
Eric Boehlert has just released a truly superb, illuminating and entertaining new book: Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press. As the title suggests, the book examines the impact which the blogosphere has had on both journalism and political activism, and it is, in my view, by far the best book yet to examine the rise of political blogs.
Be sure to read the entire review and check out Salon Radio's interview with Boehlert about the book towards the bottom of Greenwald's review.
From David Brock's Email:
Since its debut in May 2004, the growth of Media Matters for America has run parallel with the success of the liberal blogosphere and the larger online netroots movement, which has become the New Media voice for progressives nationwide. Together, Media Matters and the blogosphere have helped change the conversation about the press and politics in America.
It's for that reason that I'm pleased to tell you about a new book by Media Matters Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert, Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press. In his new effort, Boehlert goes inside the liberal blogosphere and provides the most definitive and extensive look at the netroots movement to date. Using the historic 2008 White House campaign as a backdrop, Boehlert also details how bloggers helped set the agenda -- a role once considered to be the exclusive province of the establishment Beltway press corps.
Inspired by Timothy Crouse's landmark 1973 book, The Boys on the Bus, which unveiled modern campaign journalism at the time, Boehlert pulls back the online curtain and helps readers better understand the revolution that's taken place, as well as the unlikely participants who are leading it: students, housewives, attorneys, professors, musicians.
Bloggers on the Bus exposes the traditional press' outdated stereotypes about bloggers and leaves them by the roadside in order to paint a more complete portrait of this increasingly influential community.
As a proud cornerstone of the netroots movement, Media Matters is proof of what's possible when progressives strive to reinvent our national dialogue. Boehlert is one of the leading progressive voices today, and his Bloggers on the Bus arrives as an important and entertaining account of the rise of bloggers and the history they continue to make.
I hope you will take a moment to purchase Eric Boehlert's new book -- you won't be able to put it down.