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Bloggers: The Rise of the New Media and the Decline of the Old

Blogs are fast replacing traditional media as the source for reliable information, and now Hugh Hewitt, whom The Wall Street Journal calls the "unofficial historian of the blogging movement," reflects on the decline of the Old Media and the rise of the New.

"Blog" is short for "Web log"— an online site with time-dated postings, maintained by one or more posters, that features links and commentary. But that is like saying a car is a means of transportation featuring four wheels. Millions are changing their habits when it comes to information acquisition, and the blogosphere has appeared so suddenly as to surprise even the most sophisticated of analysts.

In Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World (2005), currently number three on the New York Times non-fiction list, author Hugh Hewitt details the rise of blogging and the veritable information revolution in some ways comparable to the invention of the printing press. Examining a number of recent national issues– from "Rathergate" to John Kerry's difficulties with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth- Hewitt shows how the blogosphere has influenced, and shaped, public debate. Hewitt helps us both to understand, and to take advantage of, this revolution.

Hugh Hewitt is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show heard in more than 70 cities nationwide, and a professor of law at Chapman University Law School, where he teaches Constitutional Law. Besides Blog, he is the best-selling author of If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It (2004), as well as four other books. Hewitt received 3 Emmys during his decade of work as co-host of the PBS Los Angeles affiliate KCET's public affairs show Life & Times. He is a weekly columnist for The Daily Standard, the online edition of The Weekly Standard, and writes for World Magazine. Hugh Hewitt's Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by the Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College.