Blogging and TV

Along with James Morrow and Gareth Parker, I’ve been interviewed for a possible 7:30 Report segment on blogs and the war, presumably to be aired when the straight war news has slowed down a bit. Mick O’Donnell, the ABC journalist also mentioned that he might interview Gianna, and some US bloggers.

Actually, I don’t think that the war is a topic where blogs have a comparative advantage. The traditional media are the primary source and are devoting huge analytical resources to it. Blogs are better for longer-running stories where careful analysis and public domain research are the strong point. An exception is the Baghdad blog of Salam Pax. Assuming (as I have no reason to doubt) that this is a genuine insider’s account, it is better than anything that visiting journalists can do. If it is a work of fiction, it’s a compelling one.