Table of Contents & Sample Chapters

Back Cover Author Photo

The photo of me on the back cover of my book is pretty small, about the size of a postage stamp. One of my wife’s friends said I must be pretty ugly for them to have needed to use such a small picture! Well, you can judge for yourself. The picture here is the same size as it appears on the back cover. Click on if for a blow-up. The picture was taken in front of the Capitol during a February 1996 snowstorm, photo by Jeff Hecker.

  1. Foreword by Jim Warren
  2. Introduction
  3. Prologue
  4. Why Wire Washington?
    • The Case Of Television
  5. The Beginning
    • Bulletin Board Systems
    • North Shore Mac
    • The White House, the House, and MIT
  6. Electronic Mail
    • Congressional E-mail Addresses
    • Spamming Congress
    • Locating Your Congressman’s E-mail Addess
    • Sending Electronic Mail to Congress
  7. Tools of the Trade
    • Usenet
    • Listservers
    • FTP/Gopher
    • What You Will Find
    • Electronic Town Halls and Press Conferences
  8. The World Wide Web
    • CapWeb
    • Who Puts Congress on the Net, and What Do They Put There?
      • GPO
      • House Information Systems
      • The Library of Congress/THOMAS
      • What You Will Find
    • Newt’s Net?
    • The Making of a Capitol CobWeb
    • What to Look for on Member Home Pages
      • Generic and Genuine Home Pages
    • Congressional Committees
  9. Tales from the Trenches
  10. Campaigns and Opposition
    • 1992
    • 1994
    • 1996
      • The Race for the White House
      • House and Senate Campaigns
      • Tom & Jerry Preview Campaign ’96 on the Net
    • Watch, Opposition, and Unofficial Home Pages
    • Can the Net Make a Difference?
  11. What’s Ahead
  12. Epilogue
  13. Appendix
  14. Index