Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs

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9781590593219: Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs
Vom Verlag:

Do you occasionally wonder, * What kind of person works at a porn video store? * Do public defenders believe in their clients? * What does a reporter feel when he visits war-torn Iraq? * What happens after a child star falls into obscurity? Thanks to Web logs, or "blogs" as they're affectionately nicknamed by Net-savvy voyeurs, anyone can jump into the shoes of a video salesclerk, a criminal court lawyer, an international journalist, or a TV star, among others. While entertaining and educating, these virtual diaries represent a cross section of the people who dwell online. This book features the Internet's most provocative writing, by unknown writers and underground celebrities. Neil Forrester, former cast member of MTV's The Real World, gives new meaning to the phrase "Bite your tongue." Meanwhile, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, Wil Wheaton, gives his take on the Hollywood system and fleeting stardom. Elsewhere, web designer Heather Hamilton finds herself unemployed after posting on-the-job stories to her personal blog. And humorist Choire Sicha shares advice about broken hearts and timeshares. Plus: tales of creepy video-store customers, office pranks gone awry, a childhood encounter with Darth Vader, and so much more!

Vom Verlag:

* Wide appeal to popular culture and tech and non technical enthusiasts. The book will appeal to bloggers, males (60% of bloggers are male and females (50% of people who read blogs are female), and even those outside of the digital cognoscenti who are curious to know what blogs are all about.

* The editorial board currently includes: Doc Searls, Editor at Large for Linux Journal and preeminent blogger; Cory Doctorow, science fiction writer and blogger; Rick Karr, pop culture and technology reporter for NPR; Jack Boulware, San Francisco author and chronicler of the porn industry; and Bonnie Burton, a blogger and producer at ILM.

* Business Week and NYT have been discussing the growing importance of Blogs (Blog – web-based diary or "Web Log.")Some of the bloggers enjoy a semi-celebrity status.

* Stats: 1.4 million Active blogs, updated avg every 14 days; 107k updated weekly.

* Predictions: The number of hosted blogs created to exceed 5million by the end of 2003 and to exceed 10million by end of 2004.

* 4% of the online community read them, so there is a huge percentage of potential readers to draw from.

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