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"Blog" is short for "Web log"?an online site with time-dated postings, maintained by one or more posters, that features links and commentary. That's the most basic definition, but it is like saying a car is a means of transportation featuring four wheels. In Blog, syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author Hugh Hewitt helps you catch up with and get ahead of this phenomenon.

"Millions of people are changing their habits when it comes to information acquisition," writes Hewitt. "This has happened many times before?with the appearance of the printing press, then the telegraph, the telephone, radio, television, and Internet. Now the blogosphere has appeared, and it has come so suddenly as to surprise even the most sophisticated of analysts."

If you doubt the influence blogs have in society, think again. Better yet, just ask Senator Trent Lott regarding his comments at Strom Thurmond's birtuday celebration. Ask New York Times editor-in-chief Howell Raines about reporter Jayson Blair's fabricated stories. Ask Dan Rather and CBS about President Bush's National Guard documents faxed from a Texas Kinko's. Or ask John Kerry about his battle with Swift Boat veterans. All of these major stories were fully covered by the mainstream media only after their exposure in the blogosphere.

"Hugh Hewitt [is] the unofficial historian of the blogging movement." ?The Wall Street Journal

Topics: Politics

Published: Thomas Nelson on
ISBN: 9781418513344
List price: $7.99
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A nice crisp introduction to the essence of blogging from a very successful blogger himself. Hewitt knows what makes a blog both worthwhile and ultimately attractive to readers: a strong voice that's trustworthy.The book is a bit dated now, as it was written in 2005, and therefore misses out on the ways in which online communication has shifted to social networking, but many of the same lessons still apply.more
In broad strokes, the first 100 pages of BLOG are a rehash of the "W" - Kerry campaign and how bloggers impacted the election. I found it interesting, but admittedly skimmed some, focusing on specific blog references.The next 50 pages of BLOG are about blogging and why an individual or business person should even bother to be aware of blogs. These fifty pages are worth the price of the book.The last 75 pages of BLOG are the rants (writings) of the author, Hugh Hewitt. Either you agree with him and thus like him or you don'tAt this time, there is not a lot of material about blogs - other than blogs themselves - available. At least for now, BLOG is the book.more
This is a helpful introduction to the usefulness of the blog online medium.more
Another book on my 'recommended reading' list for students who want to understand what the new communication landscape is all aboutmore
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A nice crisp introduction to the essence of blogging from a very successful blogger himself. Hewitt knows what makes a blog both worthwhile and ultimately attractive to readers: a strong voice that's trustworthy.The book is a bit dated now, as it was written in 2005, and therefore misses out on the ways in which online communication has shifted to social networking, but many of the same lessons still apply.more
In broad strokes, the first 100 pages of BLOG are a rehash of the "W" - Kerry campaign and how bloggers impacted the election. I found it interesting, but admittedly skimmed some, focusing on specific blog references.The next 50 pages of BLOG are about blogging and why an individual or business person should even bother to be aware of blogs. These fifty pages are worth the price of the book.The last 75 pages of BLOG are the rants (writings) of the author, Hugh Hewitt. Either you agree with him and thus like him or you don'tAt this time, there is not a lot of material about blogs - other than blogs themselves - available. At least for now, BLOG is the book.more
This is a helpful introduction to the usefulness of the blog online medium.more
Another book on my 'recommended reading' list for students who want to understand what the new communication landscape is all aboutmore
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