Thursday, January 7, 2010
NPR Pays Tribute to Local Flack Who Coined the Term 'Blogosphere'
By Kristen Hinman
on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM
terms of argot employing one of the worst-sounding words ever.
It all started with St. Louisan Brad Graham
Graham, the erstwhile publicist for the Reportory Theatre of St. Louis
, a prolific writer who began blogging
all the way back in 2000, and a self-described "man with a multi-megabyte ego," coined the term "blogosphere" a whole decade ago, according to Wikipedia
NPR waxed poetic
on the subject yesterday:
Graham was joking when he first said it -- at the very birth of the form
-- in September 1999. He, too, didn't much like the word "blog" -- "Oy!
That name!" he exclaimed on his site, Bradlands. And so he worried
about where this would lead us: perhaps to jokes about "falling off a
blog," or worse, "blogorreah."
"Goodbye, cyberspace," Graham wrote. "Hello blogiverse! Blogosphere?
Well, blogosphere stuck.
The news peg here? Graham died suddenly
, at age 41, earlier this week. R.I.P.
Blogasm...blogarrific...blogviate. Good God, who'd have thought we'd now have some