Daniel Kreiss

Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


A Tale of Two Covers: Copyright and the Obama Campaign

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 book, until the 2012 Obama campaign denied my request to use a screenshot from the […]

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The Heterogeneous Contexts of Digital Production

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 write a bit about some very in-progress work which brings me close to issues of […]

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The 2008 Obama Campaign and Online Advertising

There have been a number of recent pieces looking at online political advertising during the 2012 campaign.  I have written a bit about both the innovations in merging voter files with online usage data and its democratic implications, as well as the limitations of big data, but I wanted to go back here to the […]

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Dean, Romney, and Drupal: Values and Technological Adoption

In writing an earlier post about the Romney campaign’s new media operations,  I was struck by the fact that the campaign is using Drupal given its history in the United States.  As David Cohn argued, the Dean campaign became the point of diffusion for Drupal in the United States.  Cohn suggests that there was an […]

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The 2012 Obama Campaign, the Technological Sublime, and the Limits of Big Data

It is election season, and the stories of technological innovations being game changers are upon us. Many of these accounts are articulating the technological sublime around the Obama campaign’s data practices.  This sublime response is marked by the wonder, and dread, towards the technological dazzle that seemingly has the power to reinvigorate the incumbent’s supporter base. […]

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