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Repetitive and blemished, but still worth reading
on August 10, 2004
This is the first book I've seen on the incursion of citizen's media on the corporate news organizations, and has a fair amount of information on the history, and the technologies involved.
Dan repeats himself a number of times; for example, SMS gets defined multiple times throughout the book. A good developmental editor would have caught these problems, but this isn't difficult to overlook while reading.
The big blemish is that his left-leaning political views appear too often and too obviously. Early on, he even makes the claim that Big Media is politically conservative, something only he and Eric Alterman still seem to believe. His lefty, er, progressive readers might not notice, but because a number of the more popular blogs are antidotes to the liberal media slant, those of us who visit those blogs are likely to wince at some of his comments.
All that being said, overall, it's worth the read, until a better work on the subject comes out.