So, in today’s WSJ there’s a review of Say Everything by
Scott Rosenberg, also one of the co-founder’s of Salon.com. I have to say I’m
pretty excited about this book and hope to receive a review copy soon so that I
can take a look and also I’m hoping to do a Q&A with the author. We’ll see.
I guess one of the things I like is the fact that the existence of such a book
(plus today’s review in a highly visible paper) is how it gives credence to
blogging. The reviewer did suggest, however, that the text might have lent
itself more readily to . . . a blog, but then, quite honestly, I for one would
probably have not seen it. I’m one of those dinosaurs who really loves to read
the paper over her cup of coffee, lunch and whenever the opportunity arises.
guess one problem I see with a book versus an actual blog about blogging is
that it risks becoming outdated really fast. For instance, as the reviewer
points out, “Mr. Rosenberg also knocks the stuffing out of straw men, opining
that journalism shouldn’t ignore bloggers—at a time when news giants have long
since loaded up on their own blogs and cite independent blogs more and more
often in their new and opinion stories.” The reviewer also reveals that the
author “makes a persuasive case that there can’t be too much communication or
too vast an archive of humanity’s thoughts and doings.” Okay. I wonder
sometimes if we have too many choices, but when I consider the alternative I am
glad that we have so much to choose from. The fact that my daughter watches
reality shows that seem vapid and meaningless to me doesn’t negate the fact
that for whatever reason others have made a choice to watch. I can’t say that I
wouldn’t have done the same thing when I was her age.
point is I like having choices and as Rosenberg’s title, Say Everything,
suggests other people seem to have similar feelings. Check it out.