A look at the writings of “war blogger” Michael J. Totten

Michael J. Totten has made the jump from blogger to major media journalist, published in LA Weekly, Reason, Commentary, the NY Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, and this week in the New York Times.  As one of the best known war bloggers, and with a long publication record, we can understand more about this important phenomenon by looking … Continue reading A look at the writings of “war blogger” Michael J. Totten

A rebuttal to “War Porn” (it takes 2 sides to have a discussion)

I have lifted this comment by B Swiger on my article about War porn into its own post because he cogently and from the heart expresses views I have heard dozens of times while writing 38 articles on the war over the past five years.  Thank you, Swiger, for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.   Here is what he says; my … Continue reading A rebuttal to “War Porn” (it takes 2 sides to have a discussion)

More views of the events at Basra (2) – bloggers and war-bloggers

This post links to reports on events in Basra by bloggers, in addition to those I posted yesterday.  In the first post today, I - IV are links to what seem to me expert opinions.  This post, #V gives examples of what looks to me like simplistic speculation.  The last post, VI and VII, links to valuable background … Continue reading More views of the events at Basra (2) – bloggers and war-bloggers

War porn

A fascinating development of the Iraq War are the "war bloggers", like Michael Yon and Bill Roggio, providing disintermediated news -- non-journalists reporting directly from Iraq.  Free from the commercial and political entanglements of the major media, war bloggers can precisely target their audience.  Many of them report events using the narrative that brought Tom Clancy fame and fortune.  It … Continue reading War porn