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The War Tapes: Colonel Hunt & the Bloggers Part 2: What do you want for war blogging for the future?

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Colonel Hunt & the Bloggers Part 2: What do you want for war blogging for the future?

Hunt asks everyone "what do you want" for the blogging from, for example, "Iran."

Dadmanly: "I want the embeds back."

An audience member calling herself a "clueless civilian," says, "its got to be easier to find out what the troops are doing. . . .You're talking about what do we want, now...I don't want somebody in some office deciding."

"Taco" Bell and Fire & Ice tell stories about amazing things they have done and seen, not reported. Taco says, "The thing that bothered me was to see the ticker tape... (tells a story about rescuing several Iraqis hurt in police line) not once did I see that American troops stepped up. If some guy sitting in the green zone took the time to cover the human interest part of this... I wrote about it, nobody else covered it, all they want to see is car bombings."

There's an inordinate number of redheads here, much to Deborah's delight, I'm sure -- one behind us, several on the panels, and now another audience member. And its turning into a passionate afternoon, with none of the classic midafternoon, post-lunch slumber.

Hunt's question has turned into an session of frustration at taint -- wrong articles, or tainted articles. One speaker asks that the frustration be turned on ourselves, "if the media is the watchdog of the government, bloggers should be the watchdog of the media." He suggests we should not keep giving access to embeds that write bad stories. "if the major news sources are not telling the story, you shut them out, ... I don't see why the military needs to be evenhanded in a way that undermines its mission."

Dadmanly believes its already happening, "Its self-correcting, I don't mean to be pollyannish but its already happening..."

But Hunt is more skeptical: "The truth is that with an all volunteer foce, the amount of the American public affected by this war is very small. ... Until you get more people involved in the pain of this, I'm not so sure that you're going to get the kind of involvement you want. The majority of the American citizens aren't paying the price, so they don't care. if more people were actually having to be forced to being participating, you might see what you're describing."