Weekly Blog #10: War

Is seeing and reading about war in blogs a good thing or a bad thing? Should we have this much access to the front lines? My answer is YES, it is a good thing! Back in 2006 I was writing my undergrad thesis about journalism vs. blogs and during my research I read a book called Salam Pax: The Baghdad Blog. This book was published in 2003, based on the blog “Where is Raed?” I simply loved reading this book. I felt I shared the author`s problems as well.

During the beginning of the war in Iraq, I was doing another assignment about the war — I had to collect all the news about Iraq that I could find and write a report. However, reading all the news about the war was not exiting as reading the book. I was impressed with all the details in the blog and how I connected with the blogger`s words. I finished the book in one day, it was impossible to stop. I could not wait to see what was coming next. Once I finished the book I looked through my Iraq war articles and I could not connect to the articles the way I connected with the book. The articles seemed so superficial. Many times when I`m reading the news I don`t appreciate it; I feel that something is missing. And I don`t think I`m the only one who feels this way.

I strongly think that bloggers are sharing the same space with journalists. Many people now are turning their attention to the voices of bloggers instead of more conventional journalist. That is happening because in their own area of interest, the bloggers often know as much as if not more than the journalists. They also write as well, in many cases, but are more personal. Many times they have better access to information than the journalists. Better yet, they let readers participate in a faster way by posting comments on their blogs.

Of course you cannot just trust on the first blog you find. It`s important to dig and select from all the ones out there.

Here are two blogs about Iraq: Where is Raed? and Baghda Burning.