Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Troop bloggers gain more attention.

"Troop bloggers gain more attention. Christian Science Monitor Reports- hat tip to a Marine mom!

Countless soldiers - some recently returned from the war, others still there - have set up their own Web logs or "blogs" and chat rooms, communicating their day-to-day war experience, complaining about the brass (as all soldiers do), and looking for support. All of which raises a question about war in the Age of the Internet: Is all this electronic chatter good or bad for morale and discipline?

Soldiers are able to have direct and frequent e-mail exchanges with friends and families at home as well as check out websites providing a view of how things are going in Iraq that may differ from official accounts. One well-visited blog is written by a 25 year-old Iraqi woman in Baghdad reporting on civilian life.

Personal e-mails and blog entries from Iraq detail what it's like to live in a world of regular mortar attacks or, as one described recently, the weirdness of coming upon a rosebush in full bloom in the midst of the rubble, and smelling the flowers' fragrance bursting through the diesel smoke of battle tanks. Full Story HERE"
The Daily Blogster


Blogger STAG said...

As long as military secrets are not handed out, what is the harm?

12:17 AM  
Blogger madtom said...

I happen to think its a great new development. It gives the public back here at home a window into what is happening on the ground, plus it keeps the troops in contact with their family and friends. But the higher ups don't seem to like it much. It takes away their monopoly on the news that come out. Many milbloggers have been shut down and or sanction for their blogs. I guess like all new things, there is always going resistance at first. Right now the rules are rather vague and not well defined.
Of course contradicting the Secretary of Defense and his stated policies is always going to cause a stir. They need to find a way to balance the real need to maintain Operational Security, and boots First Amendment rights.

7:45 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home