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First Class Details

I think this is going to be an exciting semester—thanks for coming along for the ride. I’m excited about this new class and the opportunities to explore this topic in such depth.

A few assorted notes:

* Don’t worry about buying and setting up a domain name. That’s text I meant to take out of the syllabus.

* Please friend me on Facebook before our next class—if you don’t have a Facebook account, you’ll have to set one up. We’ll be looking at campaign activity on that site over the coming weeks so you’ll need to be able to explore it.

* Make sure to email me the address of the blog that you set up. I’ll want to start following along and add you to the class blogroll to the right. Also if there’s an email other than your Georgetown email that you’d like me to use, tell me that sooner rather than later.

* Thank you to everyone who voted—the voting wasn’t all that close so our random make-up class will be held Friday, June 13th. That means that, after not meeting for the next two weeks, we’ll catch up on schedule very quickly with three classes in eight days. I understand that a couple of you expressed concern that a Friday meeting conflicts with the Jewish Sabbath and I understand that and so will tape the class as a podcast for you to listen to over the weekend. It will not count towards your two absences as long as you email me ahead of time.

* To accomodate the schedule of our first guest speaker, Michael Silberman, I’m going to switch the Week 4 and Week 5 class topics. We’ll cover grassroots organizing on the 16th and voter-generated content on the 23rd.

Thus all that means there’s a lot of reading to complete by Monday, June 16th. You’ll need to read The Last Campaign, Boys on the Bus, The First Campaign, and Mousepads, Shoeleather, and Hope all by Monday the 16th. Please make sure to space this out over the next three weeks so you can get it done.

The plus side, of course, is that the reading drops off very quickly after that—there are only two other books the last six weeks of class. Sorry for the front leading, but as I said in class, there’s no way to do this other than complete immersion.

So just to clarify what you owe me for our next class meeting June 9th: one blog entry, a couple of del.icio.us links, The Boys on the Bus, and The Last Campaign. For that first blog entry, focus on what differences you see from the press coverage of the 1948 campaign and the 1972 campaign: What’s different about the way the press approach the campaign? What’s different about the way the candidates approach the campaign? We’ll spend that class going over campaign coverage in the traditional media and blogging, looking at what makes a good blog, and then you’ll have another entry and round of del.icio.us links due that week on my book, The First Campaign.

[Logistic note: Normally I’ll have this blog post up on Tuesdays rather than Thursdays, but I waited until people had a chance to vote on our make-up class.]

Please email me if you have any questions or outstanding concerns.


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