Internet is a new form of media. This technology enables users to share their thoughts, feelings, and important information that mainstream media would shun to. Through Social networking sites and blogs the netizens formed groups, communities, and partisans that interact online, leak classified information, spread news and can even support their political candidates. Bloggers, the new citizen journalists, are active in reporting or blogging about the latest happenings in their respective areas. Whether in their local communities to national politics, they are not tired of updating their blogs to disseminate factual information to their readers. And because of this the term "blogosphere" and "netroots" invented. Different ideologies spread throughout the online world to cater the demands of different audience.
Bloggers on the bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press written by Eric Boehlert, is a good overview on how internet became the new tool for change. He "traces the online events that rocked the campaign trail and reveals untold stories of the internet activists who made them all." He discusses how internet changed the 2008 U.S. presidential election. From political campaigns to gathering supporters, internet helped netroots achieved their goals; whether Democrat or Republican, both parties helped their own candidates on their campaigns. He also presents the pros and cons of being a political activist in the internet, and the good and bad effects of social media to fellow netizens. Whether you are a neophyte or an expert on the internet, this book is a good reminder of the events happened during the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
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