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Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
From the author of Lapdogs comes an intriguing examination of the world of the blogosphere as a place where political journalists—and politicians—can reach out to a niche online audience that may have been turned off by traditional media channels.



Following in the bestselling tradition of Timothy Crouse’s classic book The Boys on the Bus, Bloggers on the Bus explores how t
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Free Press (first published April 30th 2009)
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Pascal Lapointe
« Rien de tout ceci ne serait arrivé sans Internet. » On a souvent entendu cette phrase depuis 15 ans, et souvent c'était très exagéré. Mais les récits que rassemble Bloggers on the Bus sont inspirants : du ti-cul de 20 ans passionné de politique qui passait ses journées devant son ordinateur jusqu’à la retraitée de 61 ans qui s’est pointée à des dizaines d’assemblées partisanes, les blogueurs de gauche -libéraux au sens US du terme, progressistes- ont joué un rôle important dans la dernière cam ...more
Tom Bevilacqua
Feb 17, 2016 Tom Bevilacqua rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Liberals, Democrats, bloggers or blog readers
Shelves: history-politics
As a bit of an armchair blogger, I was noticeable intrigued by this book which profiled the role of blogger and the blogosphere played in shaping politics starting in and about 2004 (if not a little bit before). Boehlert does a good job of touching on most of the primary and essential aspects of the blogosphere, as well as the biggest blogs (a great deal of attention is paid to DailyKos, and rightfully so). The most interesting, or surprising, part is the ways in which he details how Obama seeme ...more
Randy
Jun 15, 2009 Randy rated it really liked it
I've been reading the blogs for about ten years now. Have been reading some of them like Glenn Greewald since almost the beginning. This book has a lot of "inside baseball." For an avid blog reader it's a must. Good info on all my favorites. I think it would also be interesting for a non (political) blog reader. Boehlert is an engaging writer who tells the story of how progressive/liberal/left wing blogs came to prominence to rival right wing talk radio and significantly affected the 2004 and 20 ...more
Brad
Jan 26, 2011 Brad rated it liked it
The book was clearly written in the heat of the moment and document a movement as if it changed the world... And in some ways it did. But the whole thing feels a bit one-sided and biases, and paints incomplete pictures of the campaign, political blogosphere, and almost makes it sound like the tea party movement that followed would have been impossible.

Still, there are some good stories mixed in, and as a tech blogger, it was interesting reading the tales of bloggers of a different breed.
Edward Branley
Nov 29, 2009 Edward Branley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Boehlert does a splendid job of documenting the rise of liberal bloggers as an influential part of political campaigns in this book. As an active member of the Daily Kos community (www.dailykos.com) during the "Hillary-Obama War of 2008," it was interesting to read a more dispassionate account of all the activity. With print media dying more and more daily, the emergence of bloggers and on-line reporters as celebrity writers retire and/or fade away makes for fascinating reading.
Sean
Dec 28, 2010 Sean rated it really liked it
A highly readable, thrilling account of the nascent netroots and its coming of age in the 2008 elections.
Greg Otto
Jan 26, 2012 Greg Otto rated it really liked it
An interesting account on how the liberal blogosphere had its growing pains over the past decade.
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