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“ Contradictions intrigue me. In thinking about the Web and technology, I tend to be a pragmatist, not a promoter. My interest is in the intersection between technology and human behavior: how people use technologies and how technologies influence what they do. I am fascinated with unintended consequences. ” — Rebecca Blood
Rebecca Blood is well known for her engaging style and thoughtful analysis — and for debunking of many of the blogosphere's most pervasive myths. A respected thought-leader on the Internet's impact on business, media and society, and author of the The Weblog Handbook, Rebecca surprises and challenges audiences with her revealing anecdotes, accessible explanations, and counter-intuitive insights. Read Rebecca's full bio.
Rebecca has spoken on 4 continents to groups ranging from journalists, digerati, the military, academics, and Fortune 250 executives. Inquiries may be sent to s p e a k i n g [at] rebeccablood [dot] net.
Past Presentations Include:
“ Rebecca Blood's is a voice of reason rising from the rough-and-tumble world of blogging. ” — Christine Tatum, National Secretary of the Society of Professional Journalists and a business writer for The Denver Post
From Participatory Media to Participatory Culture. This talk places social software in a larger historical context, looking at precedents for distributed communication and collaboration stretching back hundreds of years. When viewed as the latest evolution of this ongoing cultural shift, Web 2.0 can be seen as a crucial stepping stone toward an impending future era of participatory culture.
Thriving on the Writeable Web. Blogging represents an enormous shift in media, but the revolution is much bigger than we think. The rise of the Internet has brought about changes that are distributed across all of human experience, from publishing to entertainment to science. Rebecca Blood will describe the ways in which businesses are leveraging the passions of amateurs, and explain what these successes can teach organizations about thriving on the Writeable Web.
“ What a well-seasoned, clear, compelling speaker you are. Striking, in the calm, measured pace at which you make valuable points to your audience here, your presentation style (not to mention the thoughtful content) is a breath of fresh air at the end of two long days at the conference.. ” — Katherine James Schuitemaker, The Resonance Group
Blogging Inside the Organization. Blogging is routinely described as a personal publishing revolution, but for businesses, blogging is a tool. Rebecca Blood will explain how businesses are already using blogs to communicate more effectively with their employees and create efficiencies inside their organizations — and arm you with the information you need before you hire any blog consultant.
The Rise of Weblogs — and What Journalism Can Do About It: This talk is aimed at journalists and other media professionals. Traditional journalism now faces two major threats: the Web, and the people making the news. Rebecca Blood explains how blogging has changed the terrain for traditional media organizations — and why this is a good thing. Learn what is different, what is the same, and how traditional journalism can use these changes to thrive in the new media environment.