Guardian.jpgWars, real and virtual

This week, in my column for The Guardian’s web site, I finally caved in and wrote about the war. We can’t take it for granted that our increasing interconnectedness and access to information will give us any new insights or improve our identification with those on whom we inflict war…

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  1. Liked the column – rather a depressing kicker, however. I am getting a lot out of reading Kevinsites.net, the blog of a CNN journo in Northern Iraq – it’s a very personal account and brings home some of the realities. His photoblogging and audio blogging is quite something. I may be on the other side of the glass, as you put it, but as usual, the ‘d/evil is in the detail’, and blogs like these focus on those details…

  2. You know, it’s not meant to be pessimistic. It’s just that we’ve got a lot of hard work to do if we’re to get any tangible benefit for humanity – in terms of new identifications, improved empathy or reduced tension – from these new communications tools we’re so in love with. We’re having better conversations, learning more, being more open – but these are just pigeon steps…

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