Blogging America: The New Public Sphere

Praeger has sent me the cover art for my next book, due out in December. Right now, I am in the midst of writing it, producing what I hope will be the natural companion to The Rise of the Blogosphere: American Backgrounds, which appeared last month (and can be ordered here).

Chapter One will be an introduction to the world of the blogs, with particular emphasis on American culture.

Chapter Two will provide a look at the blogs from outside, from the vantage point of the wider culture.

Chapter Three will present the blogs as seen from within, from the Internet looking out, so to speak.

Chapter Four will examine that most high-profile type of blog, the political one.

Chapter Five will chronicle the move move online by “traditional” news entities.

Chapter Six will show a little bit of the extent of religion in the blogs, concentrating on Christian blogs.

Chapter Seven will focus on the ways blogging is changing popular culture itself.

Chapter Eight will explore the ways that businesses are now using the blogs.

Chapter Nine will delve into the breaking down of barriers through the blogs, especially between professionals and amateurs in a number of fields, including the news media and academia.

I expect to complete the book by the middle of June.