Archive for October, 2009
As most of you will know, my colleagues and I are trying to understand how public knowledge of war is structured and procduced by all kinds of media formats: from CNN to diaries.
A very different way of trying to grasp a war are reports by institutions which aim at recording the events and try to get at what happened on the ground.
The UN Goldstone report released last week is an interesting example of an attempt at capturing the confusion and chaos that is war. The reactions have obviously been varied, showing that not only is it difficult to capture the different perspectives and experiences of a war as such, but that any such attempt at understanding and ordering the events is part of a politically charged field.
Whatever your judgement, take a look at this very elaborated way of writing about war for an alternative to three-minute features or 500 word postings.