This just in from Tracy Van Slyke:
I'm happy to announce that in just seven days, Beyond The Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (The New Press, by myself and Jessica Clark) will be released. More information about the book is here.
Tracy gave a presentation about the book in 2008 and I've been anxiously awaiting its arrival every since. Here's the quick overview:
In less than a decade, a new breed of networked progressive media--from Brave New Films to Talking Points Memo to Feministing and beyond--have informed and engaged millions. By harnessing a participatory media environment, they have succeeded in influencing political campaigns, public debates, and policymaking at unprecedented levels. In Beyond the Echo Chamber, media experts Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke tell the story of the recent rise of progressive media and lay out a clear, hard-hitting theory of ongoing impact. A vital strategic guide based on years of research and extensive interviews with key media players and new media experts, Beyond the Echo Chamber will change the national conversation about progressive media and the future of journalism itself. For progressive journalists, bloggers, producers, activists, readers and policymakers committed to change, here is a first-ever roadmap to victory.
If you have an opportunity, you should check it out.