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Daniel Kreiss is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kreiss's research explores the impact of technological change on the public sphere and political practice. In a forthcoming book from Oxford University Press — “Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama” — he presents the untold history of new media and Democratic political campaigning over the last decade. The book follows the work of a group of young internet staffers who came together on the Dean campaign and created a number of innovations in online campaigning. After the elections, Dean's former staffers launched prominent political consulting firms that carried their innovations to many other campaigns, including Obama's bid for the presidency. In addition to this work, Kreiss's research on new media and democratic practice has appeared in “New Media & Society,” "Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change," "Critical Studies in Media Communication," the "Journal of Information Technology and Politics,” and the “International Journal of Communication,” among other academic journals. Kreiss is an affiliate fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and received a Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University.

Political Prototypes: Why Performances and Narratives Matter Nov 22, 2013

While it has received comparatively little attention in the literature, during the 2004 presidential cycle the most technically innovative campaign was the re-election bid of George W. Bush. With online precinct captain programs complementing the work of a massive field … Continue reading

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Twitter Publics and Active Spectatorship Jan 1, 2013

This post grows out of an ethnographic study of media production at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Two graduate students (Ph.D. student Laura Meadows and M.A. student John Remensperger) and I explicitly set out to re-create the sort of field … Continue reading

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First Look! Daniel Kreiss, Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama Jul 16, 2012

My book, Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama, was just published by Oxford University Press in the Oxford Studies in Digital Politics series edited by Andrew Chadwick.  I am honored to … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Covers: Copyright and the Obama Campaign Jul 4, 2012

My book, Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama, was just published in the Oxford Studies in Digital Politics series edited by Andrew Chadwick. This was going to be the cover of the … Continue reading

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The Heterogeneous Contexts of Digital Production Jun 11, 2012

I was inspired by Nick Couldry’s recent post of his excellent book chapter (I am looking forward to the book), and the subsequent comments, especially Tarleton’s question as to  “what a practice-based attention to media production and distribution might look like,” to … Continue reading

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