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Aug 27, 2004


Octavio Rojas

I don't agree with your view, but you do have a point.

It seems that the information is valuable when blood is spilled. Can't agree with that at all!

But at this moment, journalists are in the front line, risking their lifes so the rest of the world (including bloggers) could know what is going on in Irak. They do have our respect for that.



Thanks for your comment, but what is the point that you disagree with?


See Chris Albritton, who does Back to Iraq (back-to-iraq.com).. he raised money through paypal, went to Iraq to blog the stories (this is his second trip doing this) .. is there now risking his life to get better information out to people.

Octavio Rojas

It seems from your words that bloggers don't respect the information from journalists. I can't agree with that.

And neither with the assumption that only information gathered under risk is valuable.



Thanks big time for pointing out back-to-iraq http://www.back-to-iraq.com/and the ground-breaking role that Chris Albittron is doing. I had not been aware of his work before. I think he's indicative of what blogging can be when it integrates a journalistic approach with blogging's intimacy. I will add his work to me blogroll.



Thanks for clarifying where you disagree with me. In fact, I find a fair amound of smugness on the part of some--some, not all--bloggers who smugly feel that not the bloggers are here, a long and vital tradition of journalism is suddenly passe. On Aug. 12, I wrote "Blogging vs. Journalism" in response to Corante's Stowe Boyd'shttp://www.corante.com/getreal/archives/005500.html posting, which has put me on a bit of a rant in a few blogs recently, including this one and what's wrong with bloglink ratings on Aug. 12. It seems to me that blogging has so much promise, if we don't get lost in the glitter of our own reflection.

Octavio Rojas

It seems to me that this discussion was also araised in Spain (where I live) by mainstream media.

It seems that they are very concerned with what is going on with blogs, instead of just focus on their own contents (Jason Blair, Dan Rather, New Republic. In Spain, El País)

Blogosphere will offer their own voice and people could hear it or turn on the TV.

As always, credibility will be the key, no matter if it is a well-known journalist or a newcomer blogger.


"Bloggers don't respect the information from journalists".
I allways see it! And it's sorrowful...

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