Bloggers on the Bus, and in the Bowl
Tune in today to KBYR 700am today (5-7pm) to hear Shannyn Moore talk to Eric Boehlert, author of the new book “Bloggers on the Bus – How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press!” I was at work the other day when the mailman came in and handed me the usual stack of bills and junk mail, with the addition of a big brown padded envelope. “What’s this?” I thought, raising an eyebrow. It’s been my experience that brown padded envelopes are usually a good thing. And this time proved to be no exception.
Inside was my very own copy of Bloggers on the Bus with a nice little press release including a description of the book:
In Bloggers on the Bus, Boehlert examines how, at critical junctures during the election, the bloggers, and not the Beltway media, set the agenda. By communicating directly with their audience and involving their readers, bloggers helped democratize the political process by chipping away at the mainstream media’s control over campaign narratives. They infuriated the Republicans along the way by forcing a televised Fox News debate to be cancelled, vetting Sarah Palin better than the GOP had, and using technology to outmaneuver John McCain whose party, still in love with AM talk radio, seemed oblivious to the political revolution unfolding online.
Boehlert also reveals the untold stories of the internet activists who have amassed so much power in such a short period of time with so little money or resources behind them.
A quick look through the table of contents revealed that the name of Chapter 13 is “Saradise Lost,” the name of the series of posts on Sarah Palin which was a regular feature of Phil Munger’s blog “Progressive Alaska.” And sure enough as I skipped ahead to Chapter 13, Phil is featured prominently, as a Wasilla resident, political activist, composer, teacher and one of the bloggers that became a source for the mainstream media in those early days of September ’08 when the question on everyone’s lips was, “Sarah Who?” Nobody’s asking that question any more.
The book also features, Maia Nolan of Own the Sidewalk, Linda Kellen Biegel of Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis, Shannyn Moore of Just a Girl from Homer, Alaska Real, The Immoral Minority, Kodiak Konfidential…and yes, Mudflats! Mudflats got two lovely big paragraphs on page 231 that talk about my background, the Palin pick, and those crazy first weeks of the campaign. It even includes my eating habits in the month of September, which basically had one food group – cereal. Above you can see Eric’s book (because you’ll want to identify it in bookstores and take a copy home with you), and a photo of the little white bowl of blogger fuel that kept these fingers flying during election season.
For those of you who really want to experience “A Taste of the Mudflats” (the blog, not the Cook Inlet ooze) pick yourself up a box of Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Granola. You can get the giant double pack at Costco. Pour on some cold rice milk, have a seat at your computer, and you’re good to go for hours.
I’ll be looking forward to hearing Eric and Shannyn chat about the book and how the blogging phenomenon is changing the face of politics, and the press. You can stream it live HERE.
After Shannyn’s Show, you can keep listening for two more hours of progressive talk with Mike Method who will talk to Jackie Buckley of Equality Works about the expansion of the city’s equal rights ordinance. He’ll also talk to Ret. Col. Ann Wright, a career military officer and a State Department diplomat for 29 years. She resigned publicly on the eve of the, and since then has been an influential spokesperson and activist in the anti-war movement.