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    Milblogs: Yesterday and Today
    January 28th, 2008 under Blog Program, Military Programs, New Media. [ Comments: 13 ]

    The Dole Institute of Politics hosted a panel on “Military Blogging and America’s Wars.”
    The guests included John Donovan, one of America’s leading milbloggers (who was invited to meet President Bush in the White House); Ward Carroll, a retired Navy Commander who flew F-14s and editor of http://www.military.com/; and Charles J. “Jack” Holt, chief of New Media Operations for the Department of Defense. David D. Perlmutter, a professor in the KU School of Journalism & Mass Communications, and author of VISIONS OF WAR and BLOGWARS.
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    The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is supposed to have said that “war is the father of all things.” It is absolutely true that where we live, the language we speak, the flags we fly, the beliefs we hold, the land we live on, and even our genetic heritage have been affected by who won and lost wars. Likewise, much of our technology was created for or improved toward making war. As I talk about in my newest book, BLOGWARS: THE NEW POLITICAL BATTLEGROUND, (Oxford University Press, 2008), the commercial and public Internet is a case in point: It began in the 1960s as ARPANET, a project of the American military to create a decentralized “command and control network” that would survive nuclear war. Now the Internet is a crucial “front” in the war on terrorism. And, of great interest to people concerned about the future of war, from historians to generals, the warriors themselves are embracing the social interactive media, like blogs, that the Internet has spawned.

     

     

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    NEW MEDIA OBSERVATIONS
    January 25th, 2008 under Blog Program, Military Programs, New Media. [ Comments: none ]

    By Holt, Charles, AFIS-HQ/IC  

    November 6, 2006 I was transferred to American Forces Information Service, Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Internal Communication, New Media Directorate. My tasking was to figure out what was the New Media environment and how to engage. I studied U.S. Central Command’s Blogging Best Practices
    published by Joint Forces Command as the Blogging Handbook and initiated contact with some of the bloggers listed there-in. Initially the discussion centered on how to get bloggers credentialed with the various public affairs and press offices and how to get bloggers embedded with troops downrange.
    Some of the bloggers had limited success on their own, but it wasn’t until U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Mark Fox decided to engage with bloggers did our discussions bear fruit. These initial engagements lead to the development of the Blogger’s Roundtable, the Blogger’s Roundtable website, and numerous bloggers embedded
    with U.S. troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    February 2, 2007 the Department of Defense conducted the first Blogger’s Roundtable with U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mark Fox from Baghdad, Iraq via telephone conference call. What began as a once a week conference call with bloggers whose interest is the U.S. military and DoD operations has grown into an average of once a day conference calls with a wider variety of subject matter experts but primarily still focusing on the Global War on Terror and SME’s and
    decision-makers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    During this time I have studied the New Media terrain and followed what has been happening in traditional media in response and reaction to developments in technology. What follows are my observations on the changing mediascape.

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    The Rise of Milblogging
    January 24th, 2008 under Blog Program, Guest Post, Military Programs. [ Comments: none ]

    The rise of milblogging has as much to do with the national dialectic as it does the technology that made it possible to be conducted via the Internet. Why have warfighters, veterans, military spouses, and others with military affinity been increasingly compelled to “enter the fray” via blogging as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have worn on? Well, because they could, for one thing. But beyond that they blogged because they had to.They had to because traditional media was getting it wrong more often than not. They had to because partisan bickering had nothing to do with the well-being of those in harm’s way (or mission success). They had to because the American public was by-in-large detached from the small segment of the population that was doing their bidding in hostile lands.

    And milbloggers were successful. Through their dogged, almost obdurate, presentation of first-person narratives they first got the attention of their own — which was no small feat in itself. Then they got the attention of the American public. Then they got the attention of traditional media, whose members treated milblogging as a curiosity or a lark until bloggers like Micheal Yon, Matt Burden, and Bill Roggio showed them they didn’t have a monopoly on capturing the stories of war. And once they got the attention of traditional media they got the attention of the Department of Defense and the Bush administration.Milbloggers were the first to suggest the Surge might work, that Dragonskin body armor wasn’t everything the manufacturer claimed it was, and that Scott Beauchamp was a liar. They have influenced the national sentiment for the better because they have possessed the truth as they knew it, which fortunately was the truth.

    This post is online at Wardcarroll.com


    First Impressions of meeting with the President.
    January 23rd, 2008 under Uncategorized, Blog Program. [ Comments: none ]

    This is a previous post by John Donovan Milblogger, thedonovan.com

     Milblog program at the Dole Institute on January 29, 2008.

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    President George W. Bush meeting with military bloggers in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Friday, Sept. 14, 2007. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

    The sit down with President Bush was, I’ve got to note - fun.

    It was serious. He talked to us, and with us, not at us. And, unusual for the personality types that populate the blogging world - we listened. We got in our questions, and I think they were good ones, and the President made his points, which were a mixture of the thrust of his message this week and new (to me, anyway) stuff in response to our questions.

    Make no mistake - he knew we were going to generally be a receptive audience, and we were. The staff knew our blogs, and they knew that while some of us have not always been fans or happy with things as they are, they knew we were not going to storm the Bastille, either.

    I had a list of questions, most of which ended up being asked by others. So, as the other bloggers put up their posts, I’ll link to them, so you can both see what I was interested in, but let the relevant blogger run with the question and the answer. And I’ll put up a post about my question and his answer.

    The President acknowledged, so to speak, the rise of the blogosphere - which he seems to see as complementary to the MSM, a view to which I subscribe, as well. We’re another vector that people can use to disseminate or gather information - whether the MSM is gate-guarding it because of their biases, or simple economics. There are only so many air minutes, so many column inches, and the MSM is a business. They have to make editorial decisions.

    If anything, the blogs hearken back, really, to an earlier time in the growth of the Republic.

    We’re the “broadsides” of this era. As Larry Schwiekart and Michael Allen describe them in their book, A Patriot’s History of the United States (page 42):

    “…Americans’ literacy was widespread, but it was not deep or profound. Most folks read a little and not much more. In response, a new form of publishing arose to meet the demands of this vast, but minimally literate, populace: the newspaper. Early newspapers came in the form of broadsides, usually distributed and posted in the lobby of an inn or saloon where one of the more literate colonials would proceed to read a story aloud for the dining or drinking clientele. Others would chime in with editorial comments during the reading, making for a truly democratic and interactive forum.”

    That covers blogs pretty well, I think. Though there are some pretty deep and profound ones, and there are ones which are growing into news outlets that have many trappings of the MSM, as well. With their strengths and weaknesses.

    And today, the President just gave blogs some props.

    And while the venue may have held milblogs - it’s props for all bloggers who take their vocation or avocation seriously - and I think that’s true for blogs of the Left, Middle, and the Right, the Poliblogs and the Milblogs, and the harder-to-characterize blogs as well.

    And that’s a good thing - because I think that our greatest strength and contribution is: “Others would chime in with editorial comments during the reading, making for a truly democratic and interactive forum.”

    Sure, there’s trolls and scary places and people who don’t know argument from excrement - but if you have something to say, and create the environment, you can open a pub like Castle Argghhh! where others chime in, you can learn something, and even though you’re #1 in Google for “I bayoneted myself today” and you have an Outhouse Naming Contest, in America, you can still get invited to the White House to talk to the President.

    And that’s just cool.

    And Barney is one *fine* looking Scotty.

    And this is where I say that I wouldn’t have been sitting at that table today if it hadn’t been for Dusty, Bill, and the Denizen/nes of Argghhh! - because you guys make this worth doing for four years.

    Thank you all, very, very, much.

    There’s some other people I owe, as well, but I know they prefer to remain anonymous. Thank you, too. You know who you are.


    Michael Stanley Dukakis
    December 5th, 2007 under Programs/Events, Blog Program. [ Comments: 2 ]

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    Dukakis began his political career as an elected Town Meeting Member in
    the town of Brookline. He was elected chairman of his town’s Democratic
    organization in 1960 and won a seat in the Massachusetts legislature in
    1962. He served four terms as a legislator, winning re-election by an
    increasing margin each time he ran.

    In 1970 he was the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s nominee for
    Lieutenant-Governor and the running mate of Boston Mayor Kevin White
    in that year’s gubernatorial race which they lost to Republicans Frank
    Sargeant and Donald Dwight. Dukakis won his party’s nomination for
    governor in 1974 and beat Sargeant decisively in November of that year.
    Dukakis inherited a record deficit and record high unemployment and is
    generally credited with digging Massachusetts out of one of its worst
    financial and economic crises in history. But the effort took its toll, and he
    was defeated in the Democratic Primary in 1978 by Edward King.

    Dukakis came back to defeat King in 1982 and was re-elected to an
    unprecedented third four-year term in 1986 by one of the largest margins
    in history. In 1986 his colleagues in the National Governors Association
    voted him the most effective governor in the Nation.

    In 1988 Dukakis became the first Greek-American to be nominated for the
    presidency. He emerged from a strong Democratic field that included
    Senators Al Gore, Gary Hart and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Dukakis won the
    Democratic nomination but was defeated by George H.W. Bush. Soon
    thereafter, he announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election as
    governor and served his final two years as governor at a time of increasing
    financial and economic distress in Massachusetts and the Northeast.

    dukakis-campaign-poster.jpgAfter leaving office in January 1991, Dukakis was a visiting professor
    at the University of Hawaii in the political science department and at
    the School of Public Health. While at the University of Hawaii, he
    taught courses in political leadership and health policy and led a series
    of public forums on the reform of the nation’s health care system.

    Since then, there has been increasing public interest in Hawaii’s
    first-in-the nation universal health insurance system and the lessons
    that can be learned from it as the nation debates the future of health
    care in America.

    Dukakis has taught in the senior executive program for State and Local
    managers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
    University. He has also taught at Florida Atlantic University.
    His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the
    lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts.
    He has authored articles on the subject for the Journal of American
    Health Policy, the Yale Law and Policy Review, the New England
    Journal of Medicine, and Compensation and Benefits Management.

    In addition, he co-taught with Professor Rochefort a graduate seminar in
    national health policy reform that included a series of public forums
    and an all-day conference that culminated in the publication of
    Insuring American Health for the Year 2000, a Northeastern
    University publication that has been distributed widely to health policy
    makers, legislators and others.

    Today, Dukakis spends his time teaching, spending one semester a
    year at Northeastern University in Massachusetts and the other at the
    University of California, Los Angeles.


    Blog World
    November 19th, 2007 under Blog Program, Blogs in the News. [ Comments: none ]

    Recently I (David Perlmutter, KU) and Lawrence Bush of the Dole institute traveled to the BlogWorld & New Media Expo, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center where I moderated two panels.

    Created by blogger Rick Calvert, BW was be the first business expo to showcase blogging as well as the other interactive media. The array of talents, attendees and sponsors was impressive. The first panel, on Thursday, Nov. 8, focused on “The Power of Political Blogosphere.”

    The panelists included: Hugh Hewitt, Pam Spaulding, Dave Nalle, Taylor Marsh, and Brad Friedman. The next day I moderated “Political Blogs and The Political Press” featuring John Hinderaker, Natasha Chart, Mary Katharine Ham, and Freidman and Marsh.

    Here are the current drafts of my presentations that introduced the panels.

    In my forthcoming book Blogwars: The New Political Battleground, [Forthcoming, Oxford University Press, Dec. 2007] I argue that 2008 is the year that blogging and other interactive media are coming of age–in political campaigns and elsewhere such as in commercial marketing. Everyone from car companies to mayoral candidates are experimenting with blogging, podcasting, Myspace, Facebook, flikr, Twittering and of course YouTube. The world of online interactivity is now simply our world. In many ways a business convention about blogging which featured entrepreneurs as well major companies such as Microsoft is a perfect marker that everyone is taking so called new media seriously.


    “Blog to the Chief” after the program…
    February 16th, 2007 under Blog Program. [ Comments: 2 ]

    Posts from some of the “Blog to the Chief” participants  

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    I guess I’m not in Kansas anymore - Joan McCarter

    In the middle land  - By Jerome Armstrong 

    Blog to the chief - By Scott Johnson

    Also

    Blogs forge new political grounds - By Tyler Harbert - University Daily Kansan 

    Guest John Donovan and wife Beth and his blog covering the event

    Liveblogging “Blog to the Chief” - From Keyboard - somdaj.com


     


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