Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Nice compliments from abroad.

Just read this article from John Pilger, whose reputation and awards are numerous within the world of British journalism.

"An admission by the US State Department on 10 November that its forces had used white phosphorus in Fallujah followed "rumours on the internet," according to the BBC's Newsnight. There were no rumours. There was first-class investigative work that ought to shame well-paid journalists. Mark Kraft of found the evidence in the March-April 2005 issue of Field Artillery magazine and other sources."

It's a nice thing for Pilger to say, but really, it's not like I pulled the information out of a void. Part of it came from a soldier on LiveJournal, and part of it came from a comment over at MetaFilter. All of it came to me through content-rich, comment-driven online communities, which are in themselves a form of collaborative journalism.

If I did well, I think it had more to do with the advantages inherent in the tools that I use than anything else... and LiveJournal, frankly, can be a damn useful tool for researching just about any issue. You just need to know who to ask, really.

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