Fill-in-the-Blank-onomics

A reader named Kevin Cornwell, who has his own blog here, wrote us the other day about the forthcoming book The Baseball Economist. It’s by J.C. Bradbury, an economist at Kennesaw State University who writes the baseball blog Sabernomics. (I love that a baseball economist teaches at a university named for the same Georgia mountain for whom the first baseball commissioner, Judge Kenesaw? Mountain Landis, was also named; FWIW, the commissioner post was created after the Chicago Black Sox scandal.)

Here’s what Cornwell had to say:

I think it [the book] looks interesting, but doesn’t the title feel a bit, oh, I don’t know, familiar? [I think he’s confusing the title of the book with the title of Bradbury’s blog.] Can you copyright the use of adding “onomics” to the end of something for a book title? Pretty soon someone is going to publish a book called “Tweakonomics,” the economics of modifying someone else’s idea just enough to hop on the bandwagon without infringement.

I appreciate Cornwell’s looking out for us. We got some similar e-mails about the recently published book Wikinomics. But, as I told Cornwell, it’s not like we were the first ones — or even the tenth ones — to stick a new beginning on the front of “-onomics.” Anyone remember “Reaganomics”? William Safire certainly does — and he personally helped coin the phrase “Nixonomics.” On this very website, there’s an article about “Blackonomics.”

But even if I disagree with Cornwell’s concern, I do think he’s a pretty good title guy: Tweakonomics, IMHO, isn’t half-bad.


Linder

"Sabernomics" has been published for a while (at least January 04). Admittedly, I'm not sure when "Freakonomics" was published. Regardless, I'm glad this book was on your site; should be one of the better baseball books to hit the shelves this year.

ksturgeon

I remember when JC wrote a book review of a then little-known title called "Freakonomics" (in fact, the review was one of the reasons I bought the book). And that was after I'd been reading Sabernomics for at least a year.

agrainofNaCl

Your right... I did confuse the blog title and book title, and I'm actually a bit too young to honestly say I could remember Reaganomics.

And it's true that there are a lot of other "onomics" already in the public domain. But something about that blog and book strike me as, pardon the pun, 'hitting' a little too close to home. I can't verbalize exactly why (perhaps someone else can). Maybe its the combo of the blog title and the application of economic principles to a non-traditional subject...

Chewxy

Have fun!
In case you're wondering... the above is a list of words ending with -nomics

Freakonomics and Sabernomics, Wikinomics... are not in though

wdevries

Lawyerly input: copyright wouldn't be the applicable law for this issue. You and Steven could certainly try to TRADEMARK the "onomics" modifier, just like Apple is actively asserting trademark rights to "[anything]Pod" and "i[anything]."

bjoerges

Since you've had a few posts with audio bits, I thought I'd share a fun song about the Black Sox scandal.

Jonathan Coulton, a New York musician, created Kenesaw Mountain Landis, a highly exaggerated rendition of the story and releases all of his songs under the Creative Commons license.

Link: http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/Kenesaw%20Mountain%20Landis

Link goes to info page, also has a free download, guitar tabs, and a video of a live performance.

(Take note, he drops an F-Bomb in the first line, but the rest is clean)

lester2001

just a thought, your book and your blog inspired me to blog about a lot of stuff as well. admittedly im not a good writer, but my friendster blog and blogger blog are called "econorhetorics"

keep up the good work guys! btw, i do hope your books will be used in some econ subjects here in the philippines. a lot of our politicians would be much wiser after reading your book.

Linder

"Sabernomics" has been published for a while (at least January 04). Admittedly, I'm not sure when "Freakonomics" was published. Regardless, I'm glad this book was on your site; should be one of the better baseball books to hit the shelves this year.

ksturgeon

I remember when JC wrote a book review of a then little-known title called "Freakonomics" (in fact, the review was one of the reasons I bought the book). And that was after I'd been reading Sabernomics for at least a year.

agrainofNaCl

Your right... I did confuse the blog title and book title, and I'm actually a bit too young to honestly say I could remember Reaganomics.

And it's true that there are a lot of other "onomics" already in the public domain. But something about that blog and book strike me as, pardon the pun, 'hitting' a little too close to home. I can't verbalize exactly why (perhaps someone else can). Maybe its the combo of the blog title and the application of economic principles to a non-traditional subject...

Chewxy

Have fun!
In case you're wondering... the above is a list of words ending with -nomics

Freakonomics and Sabernomics, Wikinomics... are not in though

wdevries

Lawyerly input: copyright wouldn't be the applicable law for this issue. You and Steven could certainly try to TRADEMARK the "onomics" modifier, just like Apple is actively asserting trademark rights to "[anything]Pod" and "i[anything]."

bjoerges

Since you've had a few posts with audio bits, I thought I'd share a fun song about the Black Sox scandal.

Jonathan Coulton, a New York musician, created Kenesaw Mountain Landis, a highly exaggerated rendition of the story and releases all of his songs under the Creative Commons license.

Link: http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdetails/Kenesaw%20Mountain%20Landis

Link goes to info page, also has a free download, guitar tabs, and a video of a live performance.

(Take note, he drops an F-Bomb in the first line, but the rest is clean)

lester2001

just a thought, your book and your blog inspired me to blog about a lot of stuff as well. admittedly im not a good writer, but my friendster blog and blogger blog are called "econorhetorics"

keep up the good work guys! btw, i do hope your books will be used in some econ subjects here in the philippines. a lot of our politicians would be much wiser after reading your book.