As Iraqis See It.
"About a year ago, McClatchy Newspapers
set up a blog exclusively for contributions from its Iraqi staff. 'Inside Iraq
,' it's called, and several times a week the Iraqi staff members post on it about their experiences and impressions. 'It's an opportunity for Iraqis to talk directly to an American audience,' says Leila Fadel, the current bureau chief. As such, the blog fills a major gap in the coverage." Previously discussed here
. [Via disinformation.]
"Not associated with Blackwater USA."
"Blackwater USA is not responsible for this site." "This is an independent site and is not affiliated with Blackwater USA."
There's a new trend in the blogosphere, of anonymous people putting significant effort into creating blogs defending military contractor Blackwater USA. Just another bunch of passionate amateur fans showing Old Media how to report a story, or a calculated Astroturf campaign by a well-heeled PR firm? Maybe these guys
[news filter]Iraq veteran wins blog prize
"The timing of the award is almost as striking as the writing which it honours. A former American machine gunner's memoir of a year's tour of duty in Iraq based on his blog has just won a major accolade at precisely the moment when the US military high command is clamping down on blogs among the rank and file."
Time magazine recently launched a new politics blog, Swampland
. The blog is, to this point, most interesting for its confrontations between the commenters and the bloggers. [m.i.]
Over the past few years, as the blogosphere has grown, more and more soldiers
' blogs have been gaining fame and notoriety on the web. Many
are wonderfully written
, others are full of pictures of all different
kinds. Most are just blogs
that happen to be written by soldiers
But the Army today vowed to more strictly enforce
the dissemination of sensitive information online by its soldiers. One soldier
has already been disciplined under the new rules.
Included in the list of examples given for "sensitive information" was "vulnerabilities." What sort of effect
might this have on soldiers' entries in the future, especially those who aren't satisfied
with the direction the war in Iraq has taken?
BBC TV's Newsnight programme listed some Iraq-related blogs
, including a tragic US soldier's blog [previously discussed here]
. Interesting to me were the first-hand Iraqi views of the occupation. In one, a local girl blogs
her responses to the WMDs that were never found
and to the controversial Marine execution in Fallujah [discussed here]
, and describes the use of Valium in wartime
For those of us who wish to hear the views of Iraqis, there's Words from Iraq
, which collects posts from a spectrum of English-speaking Iraqi blogs, such as this description of the banality of kidnappings
The journal of an American soldier.
Although it's typically my policy not to reveal the identity of people I know in Iraq, I am making an exception in this case. The journal above belongs to Michael Smith, a LiveJournal friend of mine who died in Iraq on Tuesday
when an RPG hit his Humvee. Mike
was 24 years old and leaves behind family, friends, and a newlywed wife, who he married in Korea shortly before he deployed to Iraq. As is tradition on LiveJournal, his last journal entry
has become a memorial of sorts.
"Iraqi blogger" indulges in disinformation.
"Sam" of http://hammorabi.blogspot.com
has graphic pictures on his site of children killed by Zarqawi terrorists in Baghdad on Thursday. Horrible and tragic, indeed. Even more tragic, however, is that a Reuters camera crew filmed their identical twins
, who died that same day after a US airstrike in Fallujah
. Is "Sam" a victim of US disinformation, or is "Sam" a practicioner? Could "Sam" be an uncle, perhaps?!
"When two Iraqis sit together to talk then politics will be there."
Quite a powerful weblog post by Baghdad citizen 'Mohammed' who tries to focus on the positive side of things against ever increasing frustration. Just one of a number
of Iraqi weblogs that are beginning to pop up now that both the Internet and freedom of speech is available to the commoners.
Salam Pax gets a movie deal.
The Baghdad Blogger
has previously taken his posts to the book format
and a company has just bought the rights to make a movie out of it. I can't say there are many blogs that would ever work as a movie, but this is certainly a new milestone for blogging.
Nightline: Baghdad blogger, Salam Pax,
gives Ted Koeppel an interview and a tour of Baghdad.
Freewayblogger.com When you put a sign on the freeway people will read it until someone takes it down.
Salam Pax is back.
It's been a long wait.
Superseding the mainstream media, or "quirky parasites"?
Less of interest here than the IraqFilter context itself - which amounts to the question "Is blogging to Gulf II what TV was to Vietnam and cable was to Gulf I?" - is an established medium caught in the act of visibly sizing up this comer, this new kid on the block, this parvenu we know as "blogging."
Is it a valid new medium of reportage, fit to take its place alongside print and broadcast? Or is it merely parasitic, interstitial, even marginal? Inquiring minds want to know. (Note O'Donnell's hedges and his final & bizarrely misplaced condescension: "Maybe Allbritton will start a trend - bloggers no longer dependent on the mainstream for their material." WTF?)
Great Iraq Conflict Coverage Gallery
A link-filled listing of war blogs (dealing with Iraq war), maps, embedded jopurnalists' reports...nice one-stop source.
Anti-war and the Internet
John Perry Barlow of the EFF talks about online activism and anti-war feeling: "Actually I'm discouraged with the role of the Internet in the antiwar movement. Because so far what I see happening is that cyberspace is a great place for everybody to declaim. There are a million virtual streetcorners with a million lonely pamphleteers on them, all of them decrying the war and not actually coming together in any organized fashion to oppose it."
Easy to read this as referring to blogs. People shout and scream in their journals, but where is the organised anti-war effort? Is the great hope and potential of the Internet to connect people and create movements floundering when it comes to one of the most serious issues facing us today?