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Blogs are everywhere. They have exposed truths and spread rumors. Made and lost fortunes. Toppled cabinet members and sparked grassroots movements. Immediate, intimate, and influential, they have put the power of personal publishing into everyone's hands and created a new public sphere-one in which we can think out loud together. In Say Everything, Scott Rosenberg chronicles the birth of this new medium, tracing its impact on politics, business, media, and our personal lives. He offers close-ups of innovators such as Blogger founder Evan Williams, investigative journalist Josh Marshall, exhibitionist diarist Justin Hall, outspoken software developer Dave Winer, "mommyblogger" Heather Armstrong, and many others. These blogging pioneers were the first to face new dilemmas that have since become common in the era of Google and Facebook-and their stories offer vital insights and warnings as we navigate the future.
“Scott Rosenberg is the best defender blogging has ever had. He eludes hype. He comes with no motive to debunk. He knows the history cold, and tells his stories calmly. On what to credit blogging with, and how to delimit it, there is no one with finer judgment. And he is poetic on blogging as a democratic thing. Say Everything is where I'd tell you to start if you want to understand where blogging came from, and why it's important.
—Jay Rosen, creator of PressThink.org and professor of journalism at New York University
"Blogging gives everyone a printing press, unleashing a social force comparable to the printing press. Say Everything tells the story of the people, culture, and technology that made that happen and gives us an idea of where it's going, from a guy who saw it happen around him.”
—Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
"Eminently readable and historically definitive...Rosenberg has made it clear why the blogging revolution matters. Certain to be a classic."
—Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs and Visiting Professor of Digital Journalism at Stanford
“The birth of newspapers, radio and television were fascinating events, filled with larger-than-life characters. The thing is, you didn't live through that, and the other thing is, there's not a lot you can do about it now. Blogging is now, it's real, it's fascinating and you're not just watching. Scott takes you on a guided tour of what got us to where we are today."
—Seth Godin, author of Tribes and Purple Cow
"Scott Rosenberg provides an excellent fifteen-year history of the voice of the person' on the Web, from Talking Points Memo to Twitter, and profiles both idealistic pioneers and scrappy entrepreneurs. He offers a cogent look at not only what's new, but also what's next."
—Greg Mitchell, Editor, Editor & Publisher
"The best history makes up for narrow focus with rich detail. Rosenberg’s book delivers exactly that plus his personal insider’s view of famous and familiar bloggerati–the technology, the fiefdoms, the whuffie, the money, and the love. I learned new things about people I’ve known and read for years."
—Lisa Stone, cofounder and CEO of BlogHer, Inc.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Introduction: What's New 1
Part 1 Pioneers
Chapter 1 Putting Everything Out There Justin Hall 17
Chapter 2 The Unedited Voice of a Person Dave Winer 46
Chapter 3 They Shall Know You Through Your Links Jorn Barger 74
Part 2 Scaling Up
Chapter 4 The Blogger Catapult Evan Williams Meg Hourihan 101
Chapter 5 The Rise of Political Blogging Josh Marshall 131
Chapter 6 Blogging for Bucks Robert Scoble Nick Denton Jason Calacanis 165
Chapter 7 The Exploding Blogosphere Boing Boing 198
Chapter 8 The Perils of Keeping it Real Heather Armstrong 229
Part 3 What Have Blogs Wrought?
Chapter 9 Journalists vs. Bloggers 269
Chapter 10 When Everyone has a Blog 301
Chapter 11 Fragments for the Future 328
Epilogue: Twilight of the Cynics 352
Author's Note and Acknowledgments 361
Pointer to the Online Postscript 405
Posted September 5, 2009
The unvarnished history of who began the first blogs. Leaves out the I did it first you find in wikipedia.
If you want to know what blogging is all about. And want to start a blog you need this book.
Does not go far into the rss 2.0 vs atom as a format issue but thats the underlying part of blogging not the content.
And as we know content is king.
Posted November 7, 2011
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