Skip to comments.U.S. Military Report on Use of Blogs in Warfare Credits Free Republic
Posted on 04/01/2008 7:04:03 PM PDT by kristinn
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There was that picture of the Iraqi woman holding two fresh cartridges in her hand; the caption claimed that they had penetrated her home and caused whatever sort of havoc.
Bringing down those responsible for the faked National Guard story was fun back in 2004.
I’d say that the *power* of discussion forums is in their feedback loop...lots of people can get involved in a conversation quickly, and they can rapidly adjust to new information as it becomes known to the group.
It’s similar in that “feedback” quality to how capitalism sees markets adjust prices based upon feedback from producers (supply) and consumers (demand).
And anytime you can compare a new paradigm directly to the radical and uber-powerful force of capitalism, you’ve got yourself a new winner.
I’m proud to be part of it.
Dunno what I can contribute, but I’m happy.
So I can read my posts...
I'm still doing it. There's a whole lot of stuff I don't say because it just wouldn't be cool.
So there. Come and get me, copper.
BTW, so far, it's quiet this morning.
Well put. And the MSM doesn’t understand that, and probably is structurally and ideologically incapable of ever understanding that.
Additionally, reputable blogs not only fact-check the lazy or intentional misreporting of the drive-by’s but they fact check each other.
A reputable blog will correct and acknowlege any inaccuracies and provide all substantiating links.
They do mention it. From the reports introduction:
Despite the fact that the initial questions about the CBS story were posted on a discussion forum instead of a blog,
Those two sentences make me smile.
CBS executive Jonathan Klein said of the bloggers, You couldnt have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances (at 60 Minutes) and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing. 2
Pajama Patrol still trumps the [nonexistent] multiple layers of checks and balances at CBS.
A warning for many.
Personally, I think there are more traitors working for the New York Slimes and the Washington Compost or other print media exposing "sensitive information to the enemy" than all the US Military personnel.
When I saw those two pictures, my first thought was "Look at that &*^%$&^ bi+**."
They dont need to run influence operations on bloggers - the bloggers have a position, and argue it every day, and this influences public debate. As if Wretchard and Bill Roggio and Michael Yon (1) needed prompting to support the war effort and (2) could be manipulated in any event.
The perspective of Associated Press journalism is entirely predictable - journalism consistently promotes itself by criticizing and second guessing everyone who takes responsibility to get things done. That is why it so consistently undermines military, police, and business.
That leftist bias is why FR and conservative blogs are motivated to add perspective to the resulting information/disinformation stream. We are just not the place to look for someone to run a disinformation campaign; we aren't even able to do that. We are in fact a challenge to any disinformation program.
Agreed and bump.
Thanks very much for the ping c_I_c. Thanks to all posters.
Loose lips sink ships.
before I post a comment, and the DBM can and does say anything they want that the ememy can use against us. Maybe they should have the same warning.
This is a great article. Big Media is dead, but...they simply do no know it yet.
Like a chicken with its head cut off, they lumber around and give the appearance of animation, all the while oblivious to their fate.
They want to change with the times, but will be unable to, in my opinion.
(BTW...good to see you last week...keep up the good work!)
And obsequious ones at that, who tend to give those above them what they want to hear. Some check and balance.
THAT is an excellent observation. Good job.
The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006: The Media as a Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict
By Marvin Kalb
The upshot is a new kind of populist journalism, which strongly influences the story that is being covered. Indeed, the journalist or, in this new age, the commentator, often becomes part of the story.
During the Lebanon War, for example, the bloggers had more influence over the flow of the story than they had had during any other war. Ravi Nessman, the senior Jerusalem correspondent of the Associated Press, thought the influence of the bloggers, especially in the United States, was "unprecedented." When the bloggers [in the U.S.] discovered that photographs had been doctored, "the credibility of the bloggers ... skyrocketed and our credibility plummeted." Nessman added, "After that everything that we did was suspect. And that makes it very difficult to cover a war, to have honest people who are trying, who are not doctoring photographs, who are not taking one side or the other, but who are trying to present the truth of what is going on there, and have everything we say be examined, which is fair, but basically be questioned as a lie, and starting with that premise that the media is lying."
We’ll never forget this!!
Good graphic Phil.
You nailed who we are quite nicely..
This is the source list of over 1100 MilBlogs I generally use for a quick search when I'm after one. There are a couple of other good compilations, several specific by service, locale or activity/MOS, and numerous blogs not listed or spring up or dying out with new deployments, but it's a real good starting point.