Blogs are considered to be a relatively new phenomenon in the last 20 years. But are they?
In the 1500’s through the 1800’s, Ben Franklin, Samuel Sewell, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine, Adam Smith, and many others published what were called pamphlets – short small booklets with their news, ideas, and opinions (their content) about contemporary affairs.
Sounds like a blog doesn’t it?
There were thousands of these printed. In one reference they have more than 15,000 titles: Pamphlets in American History
How did a reader comment on another person’s pamphlet? They published their own as James Chalmers, a loyalist, did within weeks after Thomas Paine printed Common Sense.
The topics varied from war to women, civil liberties to labor, tariffs to free trade, taxes to finance, capitalism to socialism, religion to atheism, and many more. Sound familiar?
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So is Active Rain a new idea? I wonder if land use and real estate were part of the first "blogs."