NPR Pays Tribute to Local Flack Who Coined the Term 'Blogosphere'
|He coined the term 'blogosphere.'|
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? Blogmos?"
Well, blogosphere stuck.
The news peg here? Graham died suddenly, at age 41, earlier this week. R.I.P.