USA Today discovers Iraqi bloggers

April 20, 2004

Here’s the scoop. What’s interesting to me about the Iraqi bloggers is not their actions, but their audience — judging from the comments at the blogs I’ve seen, the readers are mostly Americans desperate to be told what they want to hear; a smaller but perhaps noisier group consists of people angry that the bloggers dare to have opinions they disagree with.

It’s remarkable that the Iraqis put up with these competing pressures from their readers. My strongest urge would be to tell ’em all to mind their own business, but I suppose that’d defeat the purpose of having a blog.

Link via the Blog Herald.

2 Responses to USA Today discovers Iraqi bloggers

  1. The Sanity Inspector on April 24, 2004 at 7:53 pm

    The only wrong thing in that USA Today article is that is called “unusually” pro-American. There are a couple or three others that are like-minded. Blogs like that of Salam Pax are more non-committal, while Riverbend is consistently anti-American. So much so that she fell silent for days after the capture of Saddam.

  2. tom on April 24, 2004 at 10:13 pm

    I can’t get excited about the Iraqi blogs because the pro-American ones are so busy telling me and every other American what we want to hear that I instinctively distrust them.
    Then there’s Riverbend’s point of view, which is at least plausible … she writes well in English so she has a command of secular Western culture … she quite naturally resents having all these armed-to-the-teeth foreigners roaming her streets. And yet she writes so much like an American — and her entries so transparently reflect the views of the anti-war left in America — that I find it hard to believe she’s really in Iraq.
    People who are fluent in Arabic, spoken and written, have a hard enough time in the labyrinth of Arab/Muslim culture … it’s laughable how many bloggers carry on with mock authority yet have no idea what they’re talking about.
    I stopped writing about the war when I realized I was one of them.