Bloggers beware. Big Brother is watching and “Uncle Sam Wants You!” As a further testament to the power of blogging it has just been revealed that a study called “Blogs and Military Information Strategy” released in 2006 recommends that the armed forces co-opt influential blogs or put them on the payroll to serve the best interests of the US Government.
Read: Big Brother plans to do to the blogging community what it has done to all other forms of media (Fox should be the shining example of a Government sponsored, co-opted propaganda machine). They suggest using the blogs to spread pro-American propaganda and using the power of a network of blogs to crush a specific person (read Reverend Wright). The report revealed that military bigwigs like General Petraeus consider blogging helpful tools needed to shape the public opinion about achievement in Iraq, irregardless of whether the information is accurate.
They are even moving one step ahead of the game in that they realize how to “produce” a blogger. At least they have a concrete idea of what it will take to make an successful blog. Peep the science:
An alternative strategy is to “make” a blog and blogger. The process of boosting the blog to a position of influence could take some time, however, and depending on the person running the blog, may impose a significant educational burden, in terms of cultural and linguistic training before the blog could be put online to any useful effect.
Still, there are people in the military today who like to blog. In some cases, their talents might be redirected toward operating blogs as part of an information campaign. If a military blog offers valuable information that is not available from other sources, it could rise in rank fairly rapidly.
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