Clogged Circuits: Congress, Communications and the Internet / Edition 1

Clogged Circuits: Congress, Communications and the Internet / Edition 1

by Dennis W. Johnson, Johnson Dennis
     
 

While more than a million e-mails clog the inboxes of Congress each day, some legislators can't even find their own websites without the help of their staffers. In fact, laptops aren't even allowed on the floor of the House or Senate.

But, as Dennis W. Johnson demonstrates in Congress Online, there are some savvy legislators who are taking advantage of new media

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Overview

While more than a million e-mails clog the inboxes of Congress each day, some legislators can't even find their own websites without the help of their staffers. In fact, laptops aren't even allowed on the floor of the House or Senate.

But, as Dennis W. Johnson demonstrates in Congress Online, there are some savvy legislators who are taking advantage of new media to expand their power and influence-and the Congressional communications revolution is just beginning. Born out of a Pew Charitable Trusts research project of the same name, Congress Online is the definitive guide to electronic politics, pointing the way to a system that could forge a new and more immediate connection between legislators and the American people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415946841
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Wired citizen, wired government
1New tools for the active citizenry17
2The rise of electronic advocacy43
3The promise of electronic government61
Pt. 2Congress responds
4Old communications and new89
5The E-mail overload107
6Congressional Websites125
Pt. 3Online democracy and communication
7Challenges and opportunities153
8Congress and the deliberative process171
App. AResearch methodology and best practices183
App. BBest Websites in Congress187
App. COther government Websites193
App. DCitizen-oriented Websites197
App. ECongressional Website statistics199
App. FProject vote smart national political awareness test201

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