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Hugh Hewitt is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show heard in more than seventy cities nationwide, and a professor of law at Chapman University Law School. He is the New York Times best-selling author of If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat. Hewitt received three Emmys during his decade of work as cohost of the PBS Los Angeles affiliate KCET's nightly news and public affairs show Life & Times. He also writes for The Daily Standard and WorldNetDaily.com.

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According to Hewitt, Internet bloggers will eventually cause book publishing to disappear--though not, one assumes, before Hewitt cashes in on his current book deal. Hewitt's premise leans to the right: Conservative truth-telling bloggers (a blog is a Web site offering daily commentary) will cause the liberal elite mass media empire to crumble. If you're looking for a nonpartisan take on the social and economic effects of blogging, this is NOT the book. Hewitt's rat-a-tat-tat narrative approach works on radio (at times he sounds like Dan Ackroyd in DRAGNET) but becomes tiresome over four CDS. The book's appendices and a few other extras are included on a bonus CD-ROM. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078528804X
  • ASIN: B00394DIA8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,663,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David W. Opderbeck on January 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I received my copy of Hugh Hewitt's new book, Blog. It's a book that's having a significant impact in the blogsphere, particularly among Evangelical bloggers. What's the fuss?

I'm afraid I don't have a great answer to that question. I liked the book -- I really wanted to like it -- but I didn't love it.

Here's what I liked: Hewitt does a good job of demonstrating how the blogsphere has grown to rival, and in some celebrated recent examples such as "Rathergate," to supplant or at least upstage, traditional print and broadcast media. And, he makes some cogent, although not revolutionary, observations about how business organizations should utilize blogs and bloggers. He also refers to some useful blogs that newbies in the blogsphere will want to visit, although at times he seems mostly to be shilling for his blogging friends and promoting his own site.

Here's what I didn't like. The book reads like it was cranked out over a few long weekends. If you're looking for serious analysis of blogging as a social or political phenomenon, this isn't it. There are many breathless sections about how the blogsphere has "shattered" the "MSM" (Main Stream Media), interrupted with long block quotes and padded with filler such as an "Appendix" comprised of Hewitt's "early writings on blogging" and a second "Appendix" comprised of e-mails from visitors to Hewitt's website. Any 220 page book with nearly 70 pages of appendices from old, disjointed writings suggests, to me, that the book's main themes perhaps aren't that well developed. It also lacks an index, which again suggests perhaps some haste in getting to press.

The book's brevity might be understandable if it were a monograph on one or two tightly argued points. It isn't.
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If the blogosphere had a press agent, it would be Hugh Hewitt. He has flogged the potential of the blogosphere for over a year on his website, and "Blog" attempts to bring the word to people who don't get their news from the Internet.

Like his previous work, "If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat," "Blog" is an eminently readable work you can devour in an afternoon. Hugh's writing style is conversational and transmits information quickly and clearly. This makes "Blog" a good read regardless of your position on blogs and blogging.

Hugh's thesis is simple: blogs are the next wave in the information revolution, as important to the dissemination of information as the printing press was to the Reformation. While Hugh touts a number of blogs (oddly enough missing yours truly, but I'm sure that was an oversight), his discussion isn't about any particular blog, but about how the technology of blogs is changing how information reaches the public. He cites four significant instances of the blogosphere influencing the public discourse: the removal of Trent Lott from his position as Senate Majority Leader, the fall of Jayson Blair and Howell Raines at the New York Times, the takedown of John Kerry by the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth and Dan Rather's immolation following the 60 Minutes forged National Guard documents scandal. Each case illustrates how the blogosphere was able to keep stories percolating (and even breaking, in the latter two cases) until the national media had no choice to take what the blogosphere was giving them, and in each case the results were markedly different than what would have occurred prior to the rise of the blogosphere.

Naysayers will probably ding Hugh for what notes as blogger triumphalism, but I think such readers are missing the point.
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Why is it that some ideas or behaviors or products start epidemics and others don't? That's the question that Malcom Gladwell attempts to answer in "The Tipping Point", a fascinating examination of the phenomena of social epidemics. While examining the question Gladwell introduces three types of people -- Mavens, Connectors, and Salesmen -- who play a critical role in dictating trends.

Mavens are information brokers who have the knowledge and social skills to start epidemics; connectors are people who know lots of other people; and salesmen are people with the skills to persuade us when we are unconvinced by what we are hearing. While many of us play some of these roles, there are few truly influential mavens, connectors, or salesmen. An even few number of remarkable people are a combination of all three. Hugh Hewitt is one of those people.

As a best-selling author, national radio host, and popular blogger, Hewitt is a classic connector. And his willingness to help and encourage others, sparking in them a passion for blogging marks him as a true maven. Now, with the release of his extraordinary new book, Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation, he exhibits his persuasive skills as a salesman. Hewitt is a one-man epidemic, spreading the burgeoning trend of blogging.

While many of us might see 5 million blogs as a revolution already well on its way to maturity, Hewiit sees a vast, relatively untapped market. His book is squarely aimed at the large segment of the population who might use email and surf the Internet but still doesn't quite understand the importance of the "blog thing.
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