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Friday, January 05, 2007
 
MULTIMEDIA INTERACTIVITY

Strategist, author, columnist, blogger Tom Barnett is scheduled to do eight radio shows with radio host, author, columnist and uber-blogger Hugh Hewitt to do an in-depth exploration of The Pentagon's New Map. A few scattered thoughts:

This is an almost unheard of exposure for an author (ok-in ancient times before television, radio programs sometimes did serials but I seriously doubt that anyone reading this was alive back then), particularly for a book that is nearing three years old.

Why PNM instead of Dr. Barnett's more recent Blueprint For Action ? I think the explanation is simple. PNM was conceptual in a way that was radical and rich - almost too many new major foreign policy and defense ideas for the average reader to get a handle on. Tom's horizontal thinking created a shock book for the current affairs set. BFA was more vertical thinking, a " prescriptive", how-to, sequel explaining the benefits and consequences of those new concepts which is a format that is more familiar to readers. More meat, less shock.

Err....as a fan of the former longrunning C-Span series "Booknotes" ...why isn't there a cable TV program dedicated to the blogosphere ? ( Or is there? I don't watch much TV and subscribe just to basic cable -LOL!).

The radio series should be video blogged ( hey Sean, run that by Tom will ya ?). Maybe Hewitt has a camera in his radio studio like Rush or Steve Dahl. I don't know.

Are these different media formats reaching different audiences ? How large is the overlap?

A very nice review of PNM by Hewitt's co-blogger Dean Barnett can be found here. Just for laughs, here is the review I did at the request of HNN.

Looking forward to the series !
 
Comments:
Maybe the reason he isn't using Blueprint is that it bombed in sales.
 
anon,

Do you know anything about the book publishing business ?

Evidently Sean's heavyhanded moderating of the comment traffic is re-routing the inexplicably disgruntled over here.
 
OT sorry

http://www.lewrockwell.com/lind/lind117.html


^ mark, I was wrong there are other people who speak your language. this guy says "4gw" a number of times and is at a real website
 
who you callin' heavy handed?! ;-)

i don't think the video of Tom on the phone in his home office and Hugh on the phone in his studio would be very exciting, do you? ;-)
 
" don't think the video of Tom on the phone in his home office and Hugh on the phone in his studio would be very exciting, do you?"

Good point. Though Tom getting flustered on camera when his youngest walks in mid-interview seeeking a toy would have been most amusing.

My 5 year old was good a few years ago for the one-hand keyboard smash when Daddy was typing....
 
lester,

Hmmmm, but would von Mises approve ?

As William Lind and Pat Buchanan are two peas in a pod (Lind is probably even more socially conservative) perhaps you will look more kindly on the think tank types.
 
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