Wednesday, July 26, 2006

War Diaries Online

The Blogging Beirut site is impressive.

Today's technology is able to illustrate the war's impact on people and the civilization as never before. It was a big deal to have 'realtime' video 15 years ago on the media outlets. Blogging and personal video is a reflection of changes in the media, not the changes in war or war tactics.

Let's face it war is not pretty. Or meant to be. People with different ideas 'forcing' others to change or creating a barrier for protection is superficial at best. It would be far more interesting use today's technology to discover what brings groups to the point where they feel violence is the solution. That may be a better place to start documenting. What we see today is reaction journalism.

I envision journalism and storytelling to be a greater tool and put to a much higher use.

War's objective is not going to change, but journalism’s objective can. (away from entertainment and spectacle and back to the culture of 'informed citizenry' and broader understanding)

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Blogger Profdorian said...

Bravo. '(away from entertainment and spectacle and back to the culture of 'informed citizenry' and broader understanding)'

Lets see how you can push that idea along!

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