Bloggers' Contributions to War Coverage

W. James Antle III, columnist for the Washington Dispatch writes about blogging coverage of the Iraq war, including war supporters and opponents.
Examples include University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds, whose Instapundit site has emerged as the 800-pound gorilla of the blogosphere, journalist Andrew Sullivan, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, Charles Johnson's Little Green Footballs and Megan McArdle under the cyber-pseudonym Jane Galt. The common thread between most of these bloggers is a strong belief in the capacity of American military power to effect social change, concern for the dangers posed by radical Islam and a desire to see tyrannies swept aside by democracy in the Middle East. This is not to say that that the web is exclusively the domain of hawks. In addition to liberal blogs like TalkLeft and Tom Tomorrow, thoughtful libertarians including Gene Healy, Jim Henley and Julian Sanchez have also spoken out against the war. Antiwar bloggers across the political spectrum have converged at the provocative Stand Down blog, where they debate the war and, almost as frequently, each other.
Mr. Antle concludes that we bloggers are providing some valuable input:
In our increasingly information-based society, it is best to let a thousand flowers bloom. The web's contributions to the discussion of the Iraq war demonstrate its potential as a vibrant source of news and debate, as well as a community for the exchange of ideas. Informed citizens today aren't just picking up newspapers or tuning in - they are logging on.

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