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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

There's A Missing Chapter in Hugh's New Book!

Yes, Hugh's "Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World" is a sure-fire hit because he gets to the crux of the Blogosphere's success - instant sharing of trusted expertise to the widest possible audience. And the analogy to the Reformation and how Mr. Gutenberg's moveable type printing press had the same impact on the Middle Ages is exactly right.

"Blog" is a great book and I recommend it to everybody, enthusiastically and wholeheartedly. The widespread Hosannas are well-deserved. My favorite chapter is "A dozen blogs I would launch if I were ..." I'll bet some enterprising soul is putting together BookManBlog right now! Hey, there's an idea for a fun Blogosphere blogathon - great titles for the next great blogs.

But .... there is a missing chapter.

Hugh talks about the poliblogs, the warblogs, the autoblogs, the media blogs, the Godblogs and lots of other categories of blogs. All are important. But where are the blogs-that-change-government blogs? The Blogosphere is creating legions of new entries by the second that focus on every topic imaginable (and some that aren't!), but why isn't somebody talking about how blogs can change the way government operates? That's the missing chapter in "Blog."

Or maybe Hugh is way ahead of the curve on this, just like he is on so much else. Maybe carrying the Blogosphere Revolution to government at all levels is the topic of his next book. Wouldn't surprise me a bit because he knows a Blogosphere that can conquer CBS can also bring down the walls of Washington bureaucracy and arrogance.

In the meantime, my calling is to encourage the collective genius that is the Blogosphere to start thinking and talking about how we can change government by blogging it. Levels of transparency, accountability and efficiency that would have James Madison and Alexander Hamilton jumping with joy and amazement are possible when Uncle Sam meets fact-checking, Blogosphere-style.

BTW Hugh, if that is your next book, I have lots of ideas!