Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Slacker Uprising



From slackeruprising.org:
Moore’s goal four years ago was to convince millions of non-voting "slackers” -- mostly between the ages of 18-29 -- to give voting a try. Starting out in Elk Rapids, Michigan, in front of an audience of 400, the tour caught on like wildfire with up to 16,000 slackers each night coming to see Moore and his traveling band of speakers, comedians, and musicians.

To encourage the slackers to show up, they were offered a clean change of underwear, Ramen noodles, and a promise that no event would start before noon and no politician would be allowed to speak. These enticements filled basketball arenas and football stadiums every night on the "Slacker Uprising Tour."

Part concert tour, part stand-up comedy performance and part rock concert, Slacker Uprising is one man's look at the birth of a new political generation in America -- a generation of young people who would signal the era of “Obamania” that would take place just four years later.
Resources:

In the Library:
  • Benoit, William. Bush Versus Kerry : A Functional Analysis of Campaign 2004. New York: Lang Books [WorldCat]
  • Magleby, David B. Financing the 2004 Election. Washington D.C. : Brookings Institution Press [NetLibrary]
  • Shaprio, Walter. One-Car Caravan : On The Road With The 2004 Democrats before America Tunes In. New York : Public Affairs [WorldCat]
On the Web:
  • Slacker Uprising Official Website [Link]
  • Internet Archive: Election 2004 [Link]
  • University of Michigan Government Documents Collection on the 2004 Election [Link]