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 !