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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Blogging and War

Instapundit highlights a column by Austin Bay and also posts reader John Beckwith's thoughts:

As it is, we came pretty close as a society and electorate to giving up last year. If we had, it's hard to see how the Jan 30 elections and and nascent democracy movement in the Middle East would have happened. If blog readers are as influential as some polls indicate, they may have done just enough to turn the tide. I ask because, by last fall, I was getting 90% of my Iraq news from blogs that provided an on the ground perspective from soldiers and Iraqis in theater instead of the major media outlets. This led me to be cautiously optimistic despite the problems we have there. Certainly this affected my vote on Nov 2. I doubt I was alone and I think this was a consequential election.
I doubt I influenced anyone much on how to vote in this last election. Nonetheless, the Iraq war is a huge part of why I started blogging (the biggest part was being required to have an account to comment on Random Gemini's blog and the fact that when I made a blogger account I had to have a blog name at least.) I have strong feelings, and I think some pretty good reasons for those feelings, on how we need to fight the War on Terror and what is the proper course for the Arab world. With an issue this big, it seems somewhat wrong to remain silent. As I said, I doubt I influenced anyone's vote. Perhaps though, I helped give someone an argument that influenced someone's vote. Perhaps I just helped build some understanding between people where otherwise it would not have existed.

4 Comments:

Blogger scott said...

That's why we do it. Maybe a friend or relative changed their mind then the mind of another.

I mostly blog because it's my release. I've always been a current events junkie and this is my way to take it to the next step.

Keep it up, Bro, I read daily or more.

3/23/2005 06:27:00 PM  
Blogger Random Gemini said...

I am honored to have inspired such a thing (or more like, required, due the sheer nature of my random strangeness) as the creation of your blog. *grin*

3/23/2005 11:32:00 PM  
Blogger Mystic Knight said...

Here, here on the blogging for the release.

I have always enjoyed a good discussion, and I had a ton of articles on my website but not too many visitors, so I started my blog as another way to get my words out to hopefully be found by others.

So far I think it's helped, and both my website and blog have picked up in traffic.

3/24/2005 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

I enjoy good discussions as well. One great thing about blogging is getting feedback and being forced to ensure that you have your facts straight and have considered all the implications.

It also helps me refine how (and why) I think about various issues, which is a big benefit.

I very much appreciate all my readers and enjoy all of your blogs as well.

3/24/2005 10:49:00 AM  

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