“Wasn’t the 18th Century blogging’s Golden Age?”

Via the Professor. This does look interesting [If you like that sort of thing – Ed]. Scott Rosenberg’s Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters, available [sometime] at Amazon. There’s also a dedicated website with some sample extracts – such as an intelligent, US-focused, version of the old favourite “Journalists vs. Bloggers”. [Adds It’s worth noting his comments on that chapter.] His own blog Wordyard is here. And here’s his answer to the question “Who was the first blogger?”

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  • fionn

    not on topic but .. Facebook is offline here in China, because we were talking about the riots up in Xinjiang. Google was down briefly about a week ago and youtube is still not back since the Tibet riots. thank god for Slugger

  • Scaramoosh

    No, the golden age of blogging was probably around the start and middle of the seventeenth century; with the likes of Witte Corneliszoon de With, John Bastwick and John Lilburne (1614 – 29 August 1657), also known as Freeborn John.

    The later bloggers were mere imitators…

  • Mick Fealty

    Absolutely cracking post, with lots of great back links!!!

    Here’s the last two paras from the featured chapter of the book online:

    Pursue links into the thickets of new blogs dedicated to the topic, with names like Recovering Journalist, News After Newspapers, and Reflections of a Newsosaur, started by concerned journalists, laid-off journalists, aspiring journalists, and ex-journalists. Follow the broadsides by professors and industry analysts, distinguished editors and young-turk reporters, all scratching their heads trying to figure out how to salvage their vocation from the technological whirlwind.

    If you care about the fate of journalism and its role in democracy and culture, this second choice turns out to be the only satisfying option. And when you realize that, you also realize that the debate is over: you have just resolved it. In this controversy, as in most others today, to ignore bloggers is to miss the entire event. Whatever the drawbacks and limitations of blogging, it serves, today, as our culture’s indispensable public square. Rather than one tidy “unifying narrative,” it provides a noisy arena, open to everyone, for the collective working out of old conflicts and new ideas. As the profession of journalism tries to rescue itself from the wreckage of print and rethink its digital future, this is where its most knowledgeable practitioners and most creative students are doing their hardest thinking.

    My thoughts quoted here at journalism.co.uk:


  • Pete Baker

    I’ve added a link to Scott Rosenberg’s comments on that particular chapter.