Wednesday, October 06, 2004

A soldier blogs home

I have to admit, just so there's no question of bias reporting of the war, it's great to have an unbiased and unrehearsed report for the solder's point of view. I enjoyed going into ABC Television's blog to read the reports soldiers are blogging home. They are also being given permission by their superiors to write what they want. Can we say we're getting the real view of the war from our national media reporting it. Sometimes I wonder if we're getting the full picture and start thinking back to what I read about Vietnam. Everything was hyped back then and so blurred it was hard to separate fact from fiction. Blogging wasn't available back in the days of previous wars. Can you imagine what it would have been like to get a blogger's view as Pearl Harbor was bombed or a bird'seye view of the Hindenberg going down in new Jersey as it happened. History may have been beter recorded with the use of a blogger. Certainly journalism was still in its infancy to and a lot has not been written about. Can you imagine what it would have been like to get a Blog from the Black Forest as the Americans battled the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge, or what about John Wilkes Booth killing Lincoln. Some people hadn't heard about it until weeks after it happened. History would have been so much easier to understand. Soldiers would have been able to blog home and guys like Ernie Pyle would have had to worked harder getting a story. What ABC Television has done is great, and we should all be able to understand from a soldier's perspective why "War is Hell."


Blogger j e p p e said...

I tried to get a friend of mine over there to write on my blog, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen. He said freedom of speech did not extend to military computers and that was all he had access to. He also said that bloggers that were finding personal computers were finding themselves in loads of trouble when they wrote what they actually saw. I can see why they have to be so careful with words over there, but at the same time, I wish we could hear what they are really up to.

October 6, 2004 at 6:45 PM  

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