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The War Tapes: Colonel Hunt & the Bloggers: "Something tells me we're not going to do a good job of keeping this thing tight"

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Colonel Hunt & the Bloggers: "Something tells me we're not going to do a good job of keeping this thing tight"

Back from lunch at the Milblogging Conference: Colonel Hunt is now grilling Bill from the Fourth Rail, Fred from Iraq for 365, Jeff from Dadmanly, Michael from Fire & Ice, Capt B.

Everyone is talking too fast to get all of it down. Some fragments:

Colonel Hunt suggests that the army should pay for embedded bloggers to open up time, Bill is arguing that its important for service members themselves (different view, more credibility), and when asked how they could be sure to get the good story out, Bill said, to alot of applause, (paraphrase), the point isn't to get the good story out, the point is to get the truth out.

Hunt is gruff, chewing as he talks, grunting and leaning forward while Fred talks, "Who do you want to care? What people?" People back home, Fred says, I want them to feel the experience.

Censorship comes up, and everyone laughs. Hunt points out all the satellites and that people are paying to embed themselves, "Something tells me we're not going to do a good job of keeping this thing tight..."

Dadmanly is now talking about being a guardsmen.

"The next war," asks Hunt, "he wants unfiltered....we start blogging to that satellite..." do we give them that? Do we want everyone with an Apple computer, blogging away?

"People want the true story and they are going to get the true story, but you have to be careful what you ask for..." CAPTB says. "The marines, as young as they are, they are smart kids..they have the technology right now in their hands..."

Hunt: 'We think the American public is ready for instaneous blood on the battlefield?"

Some murmur no, some murmur yes.

CAPT B says, "The American people, just give them the truth, there's no problem with that."

Dadmanly says sure, but there's too much information -- so much data becomes meaningless. "What distorts media reporting is....to many data points...it will always be needed to have someone to take all those data points and say what it means."

Fred says he doesn't want to see direct military coverage, a live feed. "You're talking about live combat."

Dadmanly:" The technology is pervasive... the army can stick its head and try to ignore it, and I also think they can try to coopt it... there's no reason why the military can't have...an optional designation as a blogger."

A baby cries and Hunt says, "Now that's live blogging!"