The Afghanistan War Logs Released by Wikileaks, the World's First Stateless News Organization

(Blog Post) In media history up to now, the press is free to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the laws of a given nation protect it. But Wikileaks is able to report on what the powerful wish to keep secret because the logic of the Internet permits it. This is new. Full Story »

Posted by Jon Mitchell - via Jay Rosen, Alexis Madrigal, Jen Preston, Kaizar Campwala (t), Jeremy Caplan (t), Donica Mensing (t), Malorie Jae Lucich (t), Jeppe Kabell (t), Joey Baker (t), Josh_Young (t), Rachel Fus (t), Wil Kristin (t), Peter Avalos (t), Ray Nichols (t), barbara trummpinski-roberts (t), Joe Bonner (t), Kristi Hancock (t), Jon Mitchell (t), Megan Taylor (t), Kaizar Campwala (f), Fabrice Florin (f), Subramanya Sastry (f), Shams Kazi (f), sahajajnana thirthaji (f), David Fox (f)
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Posted by: Posted by Jon Mitchell - Jul 25, 2010 - 11:54 PM PDT
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by Jon Mitchell - Jul. 26, 2010

Original insights into the meaning of Wikileaks and their newest revelations from Afghanistan. Rosen also makes some disturbing but thought-provoking observations about public reactions (or lacks thereof) to such "big revelations," predicting that the response to the Afghanistan documents will be disappointingly muted, just as they were to the Washington Post's "Top Secret America" story last week, because the problems exposed are too daunting to fix.

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by Fabrice Florin - Jul. 26, 2010

Excellent context about the recent release by WikiLeaks of 75,000 classified military reports from the Afghan war. This blog post makes insightful observations about this leak, why it was released through big media partners, reactions from the White House -- and what all this means for the future of journalism.

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by Sirajul Islam - Aug. 1, 2010

It's a story about people that want to do good journalism. The problem is that the Wikileaks site is so jammed that it is difficult to access. The move to give the information, in particular, to Der Spiegle is brilliance. And this blog. We are on a new era of journalism.

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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Jul. 26, 2010

Every thinking person should read this. Rosen’s article is almost staggering how it jars our conventional thinking about gate-keepers, information, distribution, control, accuracy, audiences, and the media. If the global internet is finally becoming the modern equivalent of the Athenian agora in which ideas, information, and news can be made unfettered of distortions and freely distributed, seen, understood, and discussed by everyone, what does this do governments, and to the likes of Fox Spews and all the other corporate news media, which so pander to government and special interest controls? That is, as long as the internet is kept free of looming avaricious telecommunications corporations salivating to grab control, ... More »

It brings up an important point we may never have considered about facts and truth. Leaked information may be so devastatingly accurate and the issue so overwhelming, that the challengingly enormity of devising any possible solution immobilizes to the extent that nothing can be done. In other words, knowing the truth--if that truth be so enormous--shall not make us free.

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