Barbara O’Brien is a popular blogging advocate who writes the blog Mahablog. O’Brien’s book Blogging America: Political Discourse In A Digital Nation discusses the changes blogging has made in America’s political culture, and the left-right debate. O’Brien is a strong advocate of blogging as a means of giving the public power in the media. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. O’Brien also writes and edits the Buddhism topic at About.com.