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The rise of the blogosphere / Aaron Barlow.


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Barlow, Aaron, 1951-
Publication date:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2007.
  • Book
  • xxvi, 200 p. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-195) and index.
  • 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 boards 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."
Publisher's Summary:
In 1985, The WELL, a dial-up discussion board, 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, 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)

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