Blogging America: The New Public Sphere (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - Computers - 183 pages
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As blogs have evolved over the last few years, they have begun to take on distinct characteristics depending on audience and purpose. Though political blogs remain the most high profile (and most read), other types of blogs are gaining in strength and visibility. This book--a follow-up volume to BarloW's "Rise of the Blogosphere," which examined the historical context for the modern blog--provides an examination of the many current aspects of the blogosphere, from the political to the professional to the personal, with many stops in between. Given that millions of blogs have been created over the past five years and yet more come online at an undiminished rate, and given that enthusiasm for both reading them and writing them has yet to wane, it is likely that the blog explosion will continue indefinitely.

As blogs have evolved over the last few years, they have begun to take on distinct characteristics depending on audience and purpose. Though political blogs remain the most high profile (and most read), other types of blogs are gaining in strength and visibility. This book--a follow-up volume to BarloW's "Rise of the Blogosphere," which examined the historical context for the modern blog--provides an examination of the many current aspects of the blogosphere, from the political to the professional to the personal, with many stops in between.

Areas covered include the personal blog; the political blog; the use of blogs by various religious communities both for discussion within communities and for outreach; the growth of blogs dedicated to specific geographic communities, and their relations with older local media; blogs dedicated to technical subjects, particularly relating to computers; blogs and business; blogs sparked by video games, movies, music, and other forms of entertainment; and more. Given that millions of blogs have been created over the past five years and yet more come online at an undiminished rate, and given that enthusiasm for both reading them and writing for them has yet to wane, it is likely that the blog explosion will continue indefinitely.

  

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Aaron Barlow teaches Technical Writing and Composition at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York.

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