SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

REVIEW OF HUGH HEWITT'S BOOK BLOG. Buy Blog. It’s the new book by law professor, radio talk show host and blogger Hugh Hewitt. Folks who have no idea what blogs are (who presumably will not be reading this review) will be provided with an excellent intro to blogs—what they are, who runs them, why they’re important. Bloggers and devotees of the blogosphere will gain a better grasp of the significance of the media revolution that blogs have ushered in.

Hewitt revisits recent episodes in the young history of blogs—Trent Lott’s stupid comments at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party, ex-NY Times editor in chief Howell Raines’ role in the Jayson Blair scandal/saga, the Swift Boat Vets’ exposure of John Kerry’s bogus “Christmas in Cambodia”, and Rathergate—the fake memos CBS so boldly proclaimed out of political bias. All of these episodes were carried by blogs, as Old Media/Legacy Media/MSM would have let these go, but for the diligence of bloggers.

Hewitt’s succinct history of the blogosphere drives home its significance in creating a media reformation. In the same way the Protestant Reformation took place in light of newly-created printing press technology, today’s New Media is made possible by the easy access to information and publishing provided by blogs on the internet. The result: information is now directly accessible to people faster and in proportions never imagined--and Old Media authorities will have to accept a new, diminished role in delivering news.

This book is the first big book on blogs by a top blogger, and with the recent release of the Whitewash Report over Rathergate, Hewitt’s timing could not be better. (Let the Whitewash Report serve as proof that the blogosphere should never rest on its laurels or expect other outlets to carry water for it.) Blog is now on bookshelves, and Hewitt has been kind enough to note the top-notch blogging of Stefan Sharkansky and others over at Sound Politics in covering Washington State's election mess. Go get it.

(Cross-blogged at Sound Politics.)

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

1 Comments:

  • At 5:07 PM, Blogger Coop said…

    I am delighted--no, ecstatic--to find out that Hugh Hewitt has noticed my blog post over at Sound Politics. Its certainly an honor to get linked by a top-notch blogger and all-around cool guy.

     

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