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Anatomy Of An Idea

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As it happened, one of the top-ranking results was a blog post by the political theorist Henry Farrell, with whom I have been discussing the ideas in my new book for many years now. His post was part of a larger debate about the Scott book with the economist Brad DeLong, who had penned a detailed review on his blog. Finally, this simple, but amazing fact: almost none of this--Twitter, blogs, PDFs, eBooks, Google, Findings--would have been intelligible to a writer fifteen years ago

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Introducing Findings

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A blog post I had written about Devonthink in 2004 had included this little riff: The other thing that would be fascinating would be to open up these personal libraries to the external world. I have been dreaming about new tools that would help me capture what I was reading for almost as long I have been reading.

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Thoughts on Steve Jobs, The Book

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And that’s not even mentioning the rumor blogs. It's not just gadget blogs and rumor sites. I just finished reading Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography on the flight back to SFO a few minutes ago, and wanted to jot down a few responses while they were fresh in my head. The first is that we are very lucky that Jobs reached out to Isaacson (and that Isaacson agreed to do it.)

Where Good Ideas Come From

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We’ll be talking about Where Good Ideas Come From here on the blog and on Twitter through the summer, but I look forward to seeing many of you in person when I hit the road for the book tour in October. On Friday, I got the galley copies of my new book, to be published in early October.

The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book

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But you can’t actually copy the text, to paste it into your own private commonplace book, or email it to a friend, or blog about it. The following is a transcript of the Hearst New Media lecture I gave last night at Columbia University, subtitled "Two Paths For The Future of Text."

Good Ideas Year-End Wrap

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I wanted to write a quick end-of-2010 post thanking everyone who helped make Where Good Ideas Come From a success: all the folks who bought the book, told their friends about it, blogged and tweeted, and most of all the people who came out to the events. I've been tweeting some of the best-of-2010 accolades as they've come in, but here's a quick blog wrap-up. It's New Year's eve, and I'm up in the mountains of northern Vermont, skiing for the first time in more than two decades.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Can We Please Kill This Meme Now

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With music blogs and iTunes, Ive discovered more interesting new bands and albums in the past year than I did in all of my college years. Its no accident that BoingBoing is the most popular blog online -- its popular because its an incredible randomizer, sending you off on all these crazy and unpredictable paths. It takes me thirty seconds to make all those connections by reading Jasons blog. Now factor in reading a dozen other blogs of comparable range.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Invention Of Air

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This is what brought me to your blog. link] Ross Posted by: Ross | March 09, 2009 at 09:39 AM Blogs are so interactive where we get lots o informative on any topics nice job keep it up !! Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePad

stevenberlinjohnson.com: David Brooks, Deconstructed

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So instead dressing our kids with humorous sayings on onesies (that blog one is hysterical! Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePad

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Meet The New Blog

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Meet The New Blog Today marks the most significant change in this little blog since I first set up shop here a little over three years ago. Posted by: David Seruyange | December 01, 2005 at 10:34 AM That's actually how I use my blog.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Clear Evidence That Apple Reads This Blog Religiously

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « Gearing Up | Main | The Times Tears Down The Wall » Clear Evidence That Apple Reads This Blog Religiously Today on Daring Fireball : The screenshots that show you how to check your iPhone’s serial number are based on the as-yet-unreleased 1.1.1

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Shanghai Surprise: Urban Planning Is Sexy!

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Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePadstevenberlinjohnson.com « Introducing Appify | Main The Shanghai Surprise: Urban Planning Is Sexy!   I'm writing this on the plane flying back after a ten day trip circumnavigating the globe.

Searching The "Small Here"

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Our Radar feature, for instance, let you see all the news and blog posts and tweets within a thousand feet of any location in the U.S.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: I Pay You To Read Blogs

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | Leopard First Impressions: The Time Machine » I Pay You To Read Blogs Im looking for one or two people to help me with a project Im working on. The pays not great, but the works easy: you sit around at home, in your pajamas if you choose, and read blogs, taking a few simple notes as you surf. If you make an offer on your blog to pay other people to read blogs, you get a lot of takers.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Blogging In My Sleep

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Blogging In My Sleep The only thing more tedious than someone telling you about the dream he had last night is someone blogging about the dream he had last night. Thats normal enough, of course, but what strikes me now as particularly hilarious was that my full thought was: "Hmm, Id better figure out if it was a dream or not before I blog it." Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePad

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Live SBJ

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « This Is Cool | Main | The Department Of Blogiology Strikes Again » Live SBJ Im doing a little long overdue maintenance on the blog and the first change youll see in the sidebar here: a list of all my upcoming public appearances.

All The Good Ideas Links That Are Fit To Print

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So it’s been really wonderful to see the sheer volume of responses to the book--not just the reviews, but all the features and extended blog posts and discussion threads, and even new software tools emerging over the past month. I’ve been trying to keep up with everything on Twitter, but thought I would take the time to pull some of the links together in a single blog post.

Good Ideas, Week One

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Thanks to everyone who has come out, and who has bought the book or tweeted and blogged about it. It's been a crazy eight days since the Good Ideas World Tour launched; I've done about thirteen events in six cities, and at least twice as many interviews. All that work (and fun!) is paying off: the book will debut on next weeks' NY Times bestseller list at #23, in an insanely competitive week to be selling a new book.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Turning 40

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No doubt if I was sixteen now I’d be posting pictures of the pile to my Facebook page to impress the girls -- which, for the record, is totally, totally different from posting those pictures to your blog.) Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePad

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Outside.in and Feedburner

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is how to get contributions from blogs or media outlets that only occasionally write about local issues. You can see it working here on my blog already. flare to your blog. Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePad

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « Irony and The Ghost Map | Main | Where Were At » The wonderful folks over at TypePad who make this blog possible have very kindly made Ghost Map their featured book of the month. Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePad

A (Slightly Amended) History Of Webism

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News aggregator blogs like Boing Boing and Gawker would also find glory in curating and annotating news items (and only then inviting commenters in). There's a lovely and typically astute installment of "The Intellectual Situation" in the latest n+1, which in my book is the most interesting small magazine to appear in at least a decade, that takes on the topic of what they call "webism." It's worth reading in its entirety, but I wanted to respond to (and gently correct) this passage.

What Does "Generative" Mean Anyway?

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Twitter is a fantastic medium for sharing links to complicated ideas, and an atrocious medium for actually discussing complicated ideas, so after a few volleys with Dan I told him I wanted to retreat to the blog. Today's Sunday New York Times included a column of mine in the business section which tried to think about the App Store's tremendous rate of innovation over the past two years, and the clear benefit it has had for small developers.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: New Hampshire

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Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePadstevenberlinjohnson.com « Iowa, The Morning After | Main | Outside.in and The Washington Post » New Hampshire Absolutely fascinating.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Virtual Paris

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « Ghost Map Trailer | Main | The Long Zoom » Virtual Paris Im sitting at the Air France Lounge at Charles De Gaulle, pulling down episode two of Studio 60 over the wi-fi so I can watch it on the flight back, and figured Id do a little blogging while Im at it.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: My Year In Cities

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Very cool -- Malcolm has a blog. This should be fun: In the past year I have often been asked why I dont have a blog. I found out about your blog near the end of Everything Bad. Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePa

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One of the excellent things about having a blog is that it lets me comment publicly on books that, for understandable reasons, I wouldnt be able to review in a newspaper or magazine. Yet before blogs came along, it was much more difficult to publish that kind of response.

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Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePadstevenberlinjohnson.com « A Brief Outside.in

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Literary Style By The Numbers

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Posted by: Seth Godin | October 25, 2007 at 03:55 AM So that's why more people read Seth's blog than mine! I do know that my blog posts tend to be punchy; the stuff intended for dead-tree versions tend to be, well, less punchy.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Where Ive Been

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « One Last Colbert Item | Main | » Where Ive Been Wow -- its been quite a stretch since I last blogged. Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePad

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Radical New Innovation at Outside.in: Search!

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Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePadstevenberlinjohnson.com « The Times Tears Down The Wall | Main | Ghost Map in paper (and more!) » Radical New Innovation at Outside.in: Search! Forgot to mention that we finally restored search to outside.in.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Gearing Up

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Escape To The Rockaways

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Posted by: Christopher Fahey | July 11, 2007 at 09:28 AM There are many advantages of your web blog above a website, except it's easy to setup and free. In principle, a blog is the same as a website, but you will need to update more frequently to get the visitors to your site.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: I Contain Multitudes (Of Banana Republics)

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Map Has To Show You Something New

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We think this view adds a huge amount of information to the original blog itself. The general geographic focus of the current blog 2. How crowded the conversation is (ie, how many other blogs are participating in that conversation) 5. The headlines from those other blog posts.

Skim and Plunge

Steven Berlin Johnson

Here’s Andrew Sullivan describing one of the defining aspects of the experience of blogging, in his revealing essay, “Why I Blog” : Within minutes of my posting something, even in the earliest days, readers responded. The editors at Yale University Press were nice enough to invite me to edit this year's edition of Best Technology Writing. It's a great collection of essays, by some of my very favorite writers, and I encourage you to pick up a copy.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Brooklyn in Bloom

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Brooklyn in Bloom Ive been on the road for most of the past two weeks, between the Lisbon trip, a couple of speeches, and then a quick family vacation to Florida -- hence the relative lack of activity on the blog.

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Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePadstevenberlinjohnson.com « Apple: Consumer Unfriendly | Main | How To Make The iPhone More Of A Phone » Heres one I wouldnt have predicted in advance: the iPhone makes me want to take a train somewhere.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Five Things All Sane People Agree On About Blogs And Mainstream Journalism (So Can We Stop Talking About Them Now?)

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « The Ghost Map Revealed | Main | » Five Things All Sane People Agree On About Blogs And Mainstream Journalism (So Can We Stop Talking About Them Now?) Long-time readers of this blog know that I have very rarely posted anything here on the "bloggers versus mainstream journalism" debate, largely because the market for good ideas on this topic has long been saturated, in my opinion. The blog space is no different.