Shorenstein Center Announces Jeffrey E. Cohen and Evgeny Morozov Winners of 2012 Goldsmith Book Prizes

Contact: Molly Lanzarotta
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: February 08, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Winners of the Goldsmith Book Prizes have been announced by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

The 2012 Book Prize Winners are "Going Local: Presidential Leadership in the Post-Broadcast Age" by Jeffrey E. Cohen and "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom" by Evgeny Morozov. Cohen is a professor at Fordham University and Morozov is visiting scholar at Stanford University and a fellow at the New America Foundation.

In "Going Local," Jeffrey E. Cohen argues that presidents have adapted their going-public activities to reflect the current realities of polarized parties and fragmented media, so that going public now entails presidential targeting of their party base, interest groups, and localities. The book demonstrates the effectiveness of targeted presidential appeals and provides a refined understanding of the nature of presidential leadership.

"The Net Delusion" focuses on the “dark side” of the Internet. Morozov argues that authoritarian governments are effectively using the Internet to suppress free speech, hone their surveillance techniques, disseminate cutting-edge propaganda, and pacify their populations with digital entertainment. The book focuses on the possibility that efforts to promote democracy through digital means could backfire.

The Goldsmith Book Prizes honor the best academic and trade books of the year in the field of media, politics and public policy. The Prizes are underwritten by an annual gift from the Goldsmith Fund of the Greenfield Foundation. The authors will be honored at the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony at Harvard Kennedy School on March 6, 2012.


The Goldsmith Awards Ceremony

When: 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Where: John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA

What: Presentation of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Book Prizes and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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