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Separate And Unequal Blogs In An iTunes Kind Of World

It’s too bad that some people are missing out on juicy topics, simply because they don’t read blogs. Magazines and newspapers are printed in people’s minds as sufficient information for today’s world. So my lesson today is this: Don’t get too caught up in black and white print. Check out the links and videos, and pay special attention to blogs.


Earlier today, I read A Rose-Colored Kind of Apathy, and now I’m drinking a delicious glass of lemonade. The first line, I view blogging as the maximum expression of self-centeredness, drew me in. Nearly offended by the sour BS at the end of the first paragraph, I caught myself wanting to get closer to the center of this particular blog.


On Blogs…


Let’s not put them in a rose-colored miscellaneous file. As links are in blue, blogs should be in red. So quick to lose its meaning, blogs are WEB-LOGS, simply put, the stories of the people. It takes great skill to report an article in the Washington Post. To get a tight story, you have to get the right quotes and the right angle to make the article objective. Bloggers, a little off-beat, read in between the lines of issues that have personal value, and then blog about it, blah, blah, blah.


Considering that you click where you want, bloggers should mirror your interests and ring a bell. They’ll have you looking for articles in the Washington Post. Like, why haven’t I seen anything in the news about my iPhone containing toxic chemicals? Yes, I want the facts, but blogs can lead the way to a valuable personal awareness.


On War Blogs


Why don’t I know much about the war in Iraq? And why don’t I know how this will affect me? Yes, the 25 and under crowd is stuck in a corner, hooked up to iPods and such. Some of us pause the music/games to get on the front-line in Iraq, like my best-friend who fought in Iraq for 3 years to get a chance to go to college. And others are busy idolizing stars, trying to make money or doing nothing at all.


I didn’t know anything about milblogs before last week. I guess that’s because I hate to talk or even think about the war, so I certainly steer away from clicking around the topic. It’s absolutely ridiculous to me and it doesn’t make sense. Why would a country raise billions of dollars to violate another? I don’t need to hear any details about that for my personal fulfillment. However, military bloggers describe the pain that I imagined as soon as I found out my best-friend could have to go to the war in Iraq. Even if I never read another milblog again, I am changed forever. My best-friend has never talked to me about the war, so I’m left to wonder. What would be the color of her blog? Would it have a black background with dark letters, like this? What pictures would she show and describe? What did Iraq do to her? Maybe I’ll find out on Thanksgiving when I visit her in Indiana. This is better than the Washington Post, but thank goodness for my instructor who made me click around in the war zone.


Separate & Unequal Blogs


I, too, am fortunate enough to reap the benefits of a people who struggled to be treated humanely. Plenty of black people expressed the pain of separate and unequal treatment in America. Many stories that would have us google-eyed are lost somewhere in Martin Luther King’s dream.


Imagine black bloggers back in the day. BB’s would’ve been too much! Harriet Tubman had her audience right in front of her and broadcasting her intelligence to the rest of the world would’ve hurt the mission to escape captivity. The Malcom X’s and the Martin Luther King’s wouldn’t have been able to buy a blog or computer if they tried, but the Nella Larson’s would’ve passed a word out somewhere.


Separate from news and unlike any other personal log, blogs today are right on time and valuable. Almost free, they’re the apple pie in a world where iTunes will instantly let you download and play any song you want to hear, and preview the songs you’ve never heard before. Left to rot underneath light-weight articles, the juiciness of blogs will still satisfy the sweetest craving for the American dream , when all one has to do is search.


November 14, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Google, Iraq, Life, News, Politics, The Search, war, washington post | , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Best Of Blogs And War

One good thing about the war in Iraq is the emergence of bloggers who offer new perspectives on what troops and their families are experiencing. Soldiers on the front line, veterans, spouses and Iraqi’s are broadcasting news like never before on their blogs, and it’s becoming easier for U.S. citizens to imagine the war. Television, radio and print mediums have never offered raw war news like bloggers are doing today. If you want to hear personal war stories and see pictures, all you have to do is search.

Here’s a piece of bad news: Operational Security (OPSEC) wants to censor all blog and message board posts done by American soldiers in Iraq. Censored war news in a free nation sounds like a contradiction and makes me question the integrity of America’s leaders. Nearly $600 billion has been spent on this war and American soldiers are suffering physically and mentally every day. It doesn’t look like the war is coming to an end anytime soon, so U.S. citizens deserve an inside scoop, don’t you think?


Here’s the best news: It’s nearly impossible to censor all insiders and embedded bloggers. Many American soldiers feel a need to share their experiences in Iraq and broadcast the desire to return home, regardless of traditional war procedures. And most importantly, blogging may be the best form of therapy that troops and concerned U.S. citizens can look forward to.


This American soldier describes the haunting images that the war has left in his mind, and his wife blogs about her painful experience at home. The soldier points out that if it weren’t for enlisting in the military, he wouldn’t have published an award-winning and informative blog and book about the war. Timing is everything and President Bush needs to rethink the idea of war during this information/technology boom.


Needless to say, the best news about this war is the bad news that has come to the surface from the soldiers and Iraqi’s. We don’t need to be deceived by professional reporters and journalists who study how to stay on the fence in their news briefs and objective articles. We should listen to the thoughts and stories of both American troops and Iraqi’s…maybe this will get us a little closer to the truth about our government.



November 13, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Iraq, Milblogs, technology, U.S.Government, war | , , , | Leave a comment

Do You See Any Signs of a World Wide War?

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said to Congress, “war is not only being fought on the ground in Iraq but also in cyberspace.”  If we’re not smart, this world wide web could become a world wide war.  I’m talking about internet addicts and dummies-everyone in the whole wide world needs to watch out. And what about older people who are not computer literate and, therefore, less informed about the dynamics of the internet?  Do these people, as well as the addicts’, simply believe what political elites tell them?  Or do they think for themselves?   


People are using the internet in China, Korea, the Phillipines and Africa.  There are people online all around the world sending quick messages and getting information fast on computers, laptops, hand held devices and ear pieces.  This is really changing our behavior as human beings.  Many of us are running out of patience, sharing our private information, and becoming literally attached to the web and lost in the world of cyberspace. 


Wow, U.S. forces are on a mission to attack Iraq’s internet connection!  But internet connections can be restored at the click of a mouse and Iraq continues to use the web as a major media outlet, just as other countries do.  The U.S. is pretty bold to try to cut the wires of the world wide web, don’t you think?

It looks to me like we need to work at creating some type of massive understanding of www.  The Bill of Rights for the Internet would be a good start at laying out laws for this messy web.  At least people in the United States would feel a little more comfortable about their personal rights and information online.  But all I can really see is potential of a bigger problem in the distance.

October 9, 2007 Posted by | bill of rights, cyberspace, Iraq, world wide web | , , , | 1 Comment