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Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World Paperback – Bargain Price, June 13, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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But he takes himself a bit too seriously here. Blogs are great, yes, but they are going to change the world? The world remains unimpressed.Published 24 months ago by E. Dillenburg
Hugh had a good idea here, but it was idea that was quickly surpassed by tweeting. Blogging had the potential of becoming a bigger deal in our social lives, but it was quickly... Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Dr. Jones
Hugh is one of the pioneers of blogging. He presents a good summary of what blogging is and how blogging will impact our future.Published on July 21, 2007 by A. Carlson
This impeccably well-written book (this dude can write!) is about blogs and how they are melting down mainstream media's influence and importance. Read morePublished on March 17, 2007 by Ted Demopoulos
One of my current interests is "how to blog successfully", and when I came across Hugh Hewitt's book Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World, it... Read morePublished on December 6, 2006 by YIN-SO CHEN
Quite simply, I just couldn't get through the boorish political slamming. The author did not deliver on the promise "Understanding The Information Reformation That's Changing Your... Read morePublished on September 4, 2006 by S. Burke
According to the statistics a new blog is launched every 8 seconds. The trick is seeing if anyone will return to read your blog and respond from it. Read morePublished on May 20, 2006 by W. Terry Whalin
This is an excellent and insightful overview of a growing phenomenon.
The current state of the Blogosphere seems to be much the same as the Internet was 8-9 years ago,... Read more
I received this book for Christmas. I looked forward to reading it since blogging is one of my favorite hobbies. But it was a struggle to finish it. Read morePublished on February 5, 2006 by JoeBruin88