Rise of the Blogosphere

ISBN-10: 0275989968
ISBN-13: 9780275989965
Edition: 2007
Authors: Aaron Barlow
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Description: In 1985 The WELL, a dial-up discussion board based on the utilization of desktop computer technology, invited popular participation in one of the first examples of what would eventually evolve into the "blog"- an interactive website allowing  More...

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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 3/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In 1985 The WELL, a dial-up discussion board based on the utilization of desktop computer technology, invited popular participation in one of the first examples of what would eventually evolve into the "blog"- an interactive website allowing reaction comments to initial statements, and now providing the primary Internet means for dialogue. The WELL began with the phrase: "You own your own words." Though almost everything else about online discussion has changed in the two decades since, those words still describe its central premise, and this basic idea underlies both the power and the popularity of blogging today. Appropriately enough, it also describes American journalism as it existed a century and a half before The WELL was organized, before the concept of popular involvement in the press was nearly swept away on the rising tide of commercial and professional journalism. In this book, which is the first to provide readers with a cultural/historical account of the blog, as well as the first to analyze the different aspects of this growing phenomenon in terms of its past, Aaron Barlow provides lay readers with a thorough history and analysis of a truly democratic technology that is becoming more important to our lives every day. The current popularity of political blogs can be traced back to currents in American culture apparent even at the time of the Revolution. At that time there was no distinct commercial and professional press; the newspapers, then, provided a much more direct outlet for the voices of the people. In the nineteenth century, as the press became more commercial, it moved away from its direct involvement with politics, taking on an "observer" stance--removing itself from the people, as well as from politics. In the twentieth century, the press became increasingly professional, removing itself once more from the general populace. Americans, however, still longed to voice their opinions with the freedom that the press had once provided. Today, the blogs are providing the means for doing just that.

The conception of a popular American press
The rise of advocacy journalism
Debate in the early American press
The victory for rights of the press
The heyday of the partisan press
The rise of professional journalism
The creation of press empires
Domination of the press by electronic media
Alternative journalism
The failure of the American news media
The movement toward public journalism
The growth of the discussion board and the birth of the blogs
9/11 and the rise of the blogosphere
Research, Rathergate, and the power of the blogs
Political reclamation and citizen journalism

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