Basra, a test case: war blogger’s vs. experts

(#9 in a series)  Current events in Basra provide a test case to compare the accuracy of the war bloggers vs. that of conventional experts.  This post shows of a prominent war blogger, Bill Roggio (Editor of the Long War Journal (LWJ); see his bio here).  The following post looks at the views of several experts. Update:   … Continue reading Basra, a test case: war blogger’s vs. experts

Evidence of the war bloggers’ growing influence

(#8 in a series)  One frequent response to my series on War Bloggers is that are a minor phenomenon, especially compared to the mainstream media.  First that ignores the increasing prominence of the war bloggers.  Second, this ignores their increasing role in the mainstream media - NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and now this -- … Continue reading Evidence of the war bloggers’ growing influence

An email discussion with Michael Totten

Michael Totten kindly responded to my post A look at the writings of “war blogger” Michael J. Totten.  I have reformatted our email exchange into an interview format, posted with his permission. MJT:  I heartily agree that my older work is a lot more simplistic than what I write now. I didn't jump from blogger to … Continue reading An email discussion with Michael Totten

News you can trust about the fighting in Basra!

We have the usual stream of confident but contradictory reports about the current wave of fighting in Iraq.  It is the confidence I find most interesting.  My guess is that the confidence is more deserved in the second of the two articles shown below.  The precise detail given in the first seems somewhat excessive.  Note the first reporter uses body … Continue reading News you can trust about the fighting in Basra!

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