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"Having described the media evolutions that led to The Rise of the Blogosphere in his last book on the online world of weblogs (or blogs), Barlow (technical writing and composition, New York City College of Technology, City U. of New York) here attempts a more descriptive account of the phenomenon of personal political blogs as they were in 2007. He first elaborates on the concept of neteracy, the skills and attitudes of communication in the blogosphere, before turning to views of the blogosphere from without and from within and the misconceptions and exaggerations that can be found amongst both. He also presents a comparison of blogs and other communication technologies and concludes with a survey of the heterogeneity of a Christian blogging community." - SciTech Book News "[I]n Blogging America: The New Public Sphere, he takes a look at the evolution and proliferation of blogs, important issues they raise, and how they are becoming a force in politics, popular culture, and almost every other sphere of existence. As of late December 2007, the blog search engine Technorati claimed to be tracking 112.8 million blogs. If you find this headache-inducing, Barlow's book can provide relief, both by offering much-needed perspective on the whole phenomenon, and pointing you to some of the blogs most worthy of your attention." - American Libraries

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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. He is the author of The DVD Revolution: Movies, Culture, and Technology (Praeger, 2005).

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