Three updates:

1. Paul Starr reviewed The MoveOn Effect, along with Schlozman, Verba, and Brady’s The Unheavenly Chorus and Winters’s Oligarchy in the September 13th issue of The New Republic.  It’s a real honor to see my work placed alongside such excellent scholarship.

2. I wrote a chapter on the netroots in the 2010 election for Paul Hrrnson, Chris Deering, and Clyde Wilcox’s just-published book, Interest Groups Unleashed (CQ Press).  They gathered a phenomenal collection of authors for this book, I highly recommend it.

3. I have a series of book talks and conference panels beginning this week:

September 19th, 4PM – Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

September 20th, 11AM – “Advocacy – What Works, What Doesn’t” panel at SalsaLabs Community Conference, Washington, DC.

September 21, 10:30AM – “Learning the Lessons of the 2012 Campaign and Transforming them to the Advocacy World” panel at Advocacy Leaders Network, Washington, DC.

September 26, 4PM, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.

September 27, 4PM, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

October 2, 2:30PM, American University, Washington, DC.

October 4, noon, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

October 4, 4:30PM, Stanford University Liberation Technology, Palo Alto, CA.

October 7-9, Law Via the Internet Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

October 17-21, Society for the Social Studies of Science Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

October 25, Yale Information Society Project, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

October 31st, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Some of these presentations will be book talks, others will focus on works-in-progress.  I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of interesting people.  I’m not looking forward to a lot of airline food.  Expect some on-the-road blog posts at ShoutingLoudly while I’m traveling as well.


Three important updates for visitors to this site.

First, my book The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy (Oxford University Press) is now available for purchase.  You can buy it through Amazon or directly through the publisher.

Second, I will be starting a new position this fall, as Assistant Professor of Political Communication at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.  I will be teaching strategic communication at the undergraduate and masters levels.

Third, I gave one of the closing plenary talks at the 2012 Personal Democracy Forum conference.  The talk focuses on the failure of Americans Elect and highlights key lessons about where and when the Internet proves useful for social change.  Here’s video of the talk:

My new article, “Social Science Research Methods in Internet Time” will be published in a forthcoming issue of Information, Communication, and Society.  An advance version of the article is now available online.

I’m thrilled to announce that Oxford University Press will be publishing my first book, The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy in May, 2012.

I’ll be launching a book site this spring to promote the book.

The book is 256 pages, $27.95.  I wrote three jokes in the footnotes.  Will you be able to find them all?

My first article based on the Membership Communications Project dataset has just been published as the lead article in Policy & Internet, an online journal published by Berkeley Electronic Press and Oxford Internet Institute.

The article is titled “Online Political Mobilization from the Advocacy Group’s Perspective.”  The article challenges the”clicktivism” critique of online organizing, as presented by Malcolm Gladwell, Micah White, Stu Shulman and others.  Relying upon personal observations with the environmental movement and on a content analysis of 6 months of advocacy group e-mail traffic, I argue that e-petitions (1) are less heavily-used than many critics believe, and (2) are used by advocacy groups as an initial tactic in a broader strategy, including a “ladder-of-engagement” that leads to heavier volunteer involvement and further political actions.

You can download the article for free from BEPress, so I’m linking to it here rather than posting a copy on my site.

[UPDATE: Policy & Internet has moved from BEPress to Wiley.  Since the old link no longer works, I’ve posted a working paper version of the article here.]

I had the opportunity to present some of my research at the luncheon series at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  For those who are interested in an updated version of my “MoveOn Effect” argument, the video is available on their site.  You can also get a quicker overview by checking out the power point, or check out David Weinberger’s liveblog of the event.

Thanks to Amar Ashar and Aaron Shaw for helping to set up the event.  It was a great conversation and I appreciated the feedback.

I presented two papers at the APSA conference last weekend.  The first (at the Political Communication Preconference) was a report on the “Membership Communications Project,”  which is a dataset of 2,162 advocacy group emails, compiled over a 6 month time period.  The second was a paper called “Beyond Citizen Journalism” which uses the Weigelgate controversy from June 2010 to get into the fluid definitional boundaries between bloggers and journalists, as well as delving into the role played by backchannel discussion channels like JournoList.

The MCP dataset is open data, and it resides in a googledoc spreadsheet.  If you’re interested in using the data, contact me directly and I’ll add you to the user base.


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