Some of the biggest news stories of the last few years have been broken not by Old Media, but by individuals working alone on their blogs. Is this a shift that's here to stay? Is it a healthy one? The New York Times's tech columnist David Pogue takes a look at the trends and sets forth the problems--and the possibilities.
A former Broadway theater conductor, Pogue has been writing two weekly columns for the New York Times since 2000: "State of the Art" and "From the Desk of David Pogue." He appears frequently on radio and TV, and since 2000, he has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning. In 2004, his segments on Google and the spam problem won a 2004 Business Emmy.
With about three million books in print, Pogue is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series, including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music. In 2000, he created the Missing Manual series of funny, authoritative computer books.
Pogue began writing for Macworld Magazine in 1988, and wrote the triple-award-winning Desktop Critic column until November 2000. A Shaker Heights native, he is a graduate of Yale University.