You've heard all the arguments about blogging, pro and con. Blogs are a wondrous innovation, keys that have unlocked a vast treasury of self-expression and allowed underdogs everywhere to challenge giants. No, wait! Blogs are a scourge that is debasing journalism, undermining traditional authority, drowning us all in meaningless chatter, and destroying civilization as we know it.
Over the last dozen years, while everyone was arguing about blogging, the new medium came into its own. What started as the passion of a handful of geeky pioneers evolved into the pursuit of millions. That is the story Scott Rosenberg tells.
Say Everything chronicles blogging's unplanned rise and improbable triumph, tracing its impact on politics, business, the media, and our personal lives. What blogging has become, Rosenberg says, is a new kind of public sphere - one in which we can think out loud together.
Sylvia Paull entered the technology revolution when she accidentally applied for a job with Software Ventures, developers of the first commercial telecom software for the Macintosh called MicroPhone.
She was soon elected to the board of BMUG, started hosting parties for Will Hearst III, John C. Dvorak, and Jerry Pournelle at Comdex (a pre-blogger event), and eventually started her own parties, known as Cybersalons (www.berkeleycybersalon.com).
An independent high-tech publicist and velvet feminist, she started Gracenet, a group for women in high tech (www.gracenet.net), and various other groups revolving around her desires to eat out, take long walks, and shake things up.
Writer, editor and website builder Scott Rosenberg is a cofounder of Salon.com and author of Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest For Transcendent Software.
At Salon, Rosenberg served as technology editor and, from 1999 to 2004, as managing editor and vice president for editorial operations. He also started the Salon Blogs program in 2002 and began his own blog as part of it. Before leaving Salon in 2007 to write Say Everything he conceived and prototyped the Open Salon blogging community.
Before Salon he wrote on theater, movies, and technology for the San Francisco Examiner for a decade and was honored with the George Jean Nathan Award for his reviews. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and many other publications. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two sons.
Today he blogs at wordyard.com. He can be found on Twitter as @scottros.