- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Crown (July 7 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307451364
- ISBN-13: 978-0307451361
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.4 x 24.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,947,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters Hardcover – Jul 7 2009
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"This is a terrific history of blogging and a convincing case for its enduring significance. Rosenberg mixes the personal with the conceptual in the same wonderful way that the web does."
—Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe and CEO of the Aspen Institute
“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.
About the Author
SCOTT ROSENBERG is an award-winning journalist who left the San Francisco Examiner in 1995 with a group of like-minded colleagues to found Salon.com, where he served first as technology editor, later as managing editor, and finally as vice president for new projects, leaving in 2007 to write Say Everything. For much of that time he wrote a blog covering the world of computers and the web, explaining complex issues in a lively voice for a non-technical readership. His coverage of the Microsoft trial, the Napster controversy, and the Internet bubble earned him a regular following. Rosenberg's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, the San Francisco Examiner, and other publications. His previous books include Dreaming In Code. Visit his website at www.wordyard.com.See all Product description
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Taking the personal stories of blogging pioneers and putting them in context, Scott Rosenberg makes the otherwise disjointed and somewhat crazy history of blogging (as a form, as a medium, as a technology as well as a journalistic endeavour) and renders it comprehensible, in a smart and useful way.
A definite must-read for anyone interested in knowing, as the subtitle says, where blogs came from and why they matter today. Rosenberg even glimpses at blogs' future, whether new entrants like Twitter will overcome the dominant form, and what social networks mean to online self-expression.
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I was surprised to read how the Internet was dead at one point when it was starting out in the 1990s. I'm only 19 so it's hard for me to imagine the internet not being so powerful or used because much of my daily activities and assignments depends on the Internet.
I would recommend this book to those who are interested in the details of how blogging began. I personally would have preferred a more direct account. However, I do respect Rosenberg for wanting to be thorough and proving the many back stories and all the information that he did. It's obvious that he put a lot of work and research into writing this book and that he was passionate about it.
JWT sent me this book by Scott Rosenberg on blogging's first 15 years. In part one, the author (former editor of Salon.com) goes back to the early days of online diaries and link pages. In part two, Rosenberg tells how technological advances (e.g., the simple interface of Blogger, which hosts this blog) led to an explosion of blogging. In part three, Rosenberg gets to the interesting stuff, the impact and future of blogging.
This readable and interesting book left me with these ideas:
* Warnock's Dilemma, i.e., you may get no response to your blog post because:
1. The post is correct, well-written information that needs no follow-up commentary. There's nothing more to say except "Yeah, what he said."
2. The post is complete and utter nonsense, and no one wants to waste the energy or bandwidth to even point this out.
3. No one read the post, for whatever reason.
4. No one understood the post, but won't ask for clarification, for whatever reason.
5. No one cares about the post, for whatever reason.
I've considered all these reasons when wondering about the lack of comments on posts on this blog.
* The internet has been hard on newspapers (classified ads have moved to Craigslist; weather, sports and business statistics are best viewed online), but magazines are also threatened. I agree with this thinking, and see how daily papers will be replaced by the continuous flow of news from the internet.
* Is blogging journalism? Yes, indeed if it uses the same techniques of journalists (fact-checking, original material, analysis). In fact, I would draw a parallel with the academic world and ask this: "Is blogging academic?" Yes, and academic blogging (on "edublogs"? "Profblogs"? Some better name?) can not only be academic, but better than academic. Consider:
o Blogs are faster to distribute and free to anyone on the internet.
o Blogs allow commenting, conversation and corrections.
o Blogs allow "infinite" exposition, linking to sources and debate.
The only advantage of academic publication in journals is that such publications are peer reviewed by referees and editors, but that advantage is not exclusive to academic work -- it can work with blogs, and would -- given the speed and breadth of access and conversation -- work even better with blogs. In the words of Marc Andreessen: "It is crystal clear to me now that at least in industries where lots of people are online, blogging is the single best way to communicate and interact." We (academics) should keep this in mind as we debate the future of academic discourse. (Of course, Tyler Cowen is already on board.)
Bottom Line: Blogging is important to our culture and our intellectual growth. I give this book four stars for its thorough, clear and contextual explanation of the history and importance of blogging.
Over the last 25 years, digital technologies have empowered people a little bit more each time, but blogging has brought a new type empowerment, not simply the ability to do more things better and faster, but to say and share things differently. The three main sections of the book describe the progressive expansion of the art of blogging from pioneering individuals to the build-up of the massive blogosphere that has reshaped our connection to what's happening around us and to the news media altogether. The book is a gold mine of information -- and helps better understand the foundations of today's social media.