Archive for January, 2008

And State. And Commerce. And Interior…

At least that is what Sen. Clinton is advocating, should she become president.


Somehow, with the federal bureaucracy the way it is, I don’t think her official administration “bloggers” will be sharing information in the way she envisoned…

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D-Ring Quick Links

Former Pentagon colleague (then LTC, now COL Derik Crotts) sent a somewhat stilted pitch to Danger Room, but I applaud the effort. Welcome to the blogosphere, SHAPE. For your next outreach effort, maybe try not sending something on official military letterhead.

I became famous from participating in the “best Web 2.0 seminar yet.” Ignore the bad picture.

Edelman (my employer) released the 2008 Trust barometer. Really interesting stuff about the attitudes of opinion leaders. Check out the key findings here.

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Army of Four

My boss at Edelman (you know, the one who co-founded that little conservative political blog…) used to joke that I write in a niche of one. The world of military public affairs writers is so small that no one else would write about it, he reasoned.

Then I found this guy. And this one.

And today, we have another in our ranks.

Check out Beyond Blather, written by a 24-year military communications veteran and instructor at the Defense Information School.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Chad.

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Ok… so I’m a week late on this one (he announced it last Tuesday on his blog), but for some reason I just got the post in my feeds this morning. Damn you, Bloglines!

Here’s the (not-so) scoop:

“Teflon Don,” the milblogger who regaled us with his impressive prose and chronicles of his deployment to Iraq on his blog Acute Politics, is going back to Iraq — this time out of uniform.

From his blog:

I am not going back with the Army, this time, though that may still occur at some point in the future. I am going back of my own free will- I am becoming a participant in this great experiment of independent, citizen journalism. I am going back to Iraq as a photojournalist, accredited by the recently developed Public Multimedia, Inc.

If you would like to donate towards the purchase of equipment for my trip and receive some return on your investment (besides quality journalism, of course!), there is a new photo album up. Viewing is free- the photos are also available for purchase as high-quality prints. All proceeds will go directly to benefit citizen journalism.

This is great news, in my humble opinion. TD is an incredible writer. The community of milbloggers thinks so too — he handily won the Milbloggies last year for best U.S. Army Milblog.

If you have any doubts, read this. After reading that post, I subscribed to his blog.

I’m be excited to see what he brings us next…

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D-Ring, LIVE

For those of you in the Washington, DC, area who are interested in social media, I’m speaking on a panel (with some pretty impressive industry colleagues) for the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) on Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Navy Memorial.

There will be breakfast and networking, followed by an open discussion with the audience about social media.

So come and ask anything you wanted to know — but were afraid to ask — about new media. Should be a good time.

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Don’t spam bloggers. Especially with 35MB worth of e-mail attachments that end up clogging up their in boxes.

I might have been interested in what you were sending me had it been presented in a more audience-friendly format. Instead, your e-mails got the boot.

Better luck next time,

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From AP (via Breit Bart):

DENVER (AP) – Maj. Andrew Olmsted’s “Final Post” was published online—after the Rocky Mountain News blogger was killed in Iraq. Olmsted died Thursday with another soldier, Capt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque, when rebels attacked with small arms near Sadiyah, the military said.

Olmsted, who began writing for the News on May 21 and described himself as a libertarian, had written what he called “Final Post” about his death. He asked a friend to post it on his Web site AndrewOlmsted.com if he died in Iraq.

In it, Olmsted, 37, warned against making his death an argument for or against the war.

“My life isn’t a chit to be used to bludgeon people to silence on either side,” he wrote. “I have my own opinions about what we should do about Iraq, but since I’m not around to expound on them I’d prefer others not try and use me as some kind of moral capital to support a position I probably didn’t support.”

He also quoted Plato as saying “only the dead have seen the end of war.”

“The news is devastating,” News Editor John Temple said. “The major was a brave man who obviously thrived on sharing his experiences and thoughts on his blog. He provided a perspective on Iraq that would have been impossible for a journalist. Our thoughts are with his wife, family and unit.”

The Department of Defense said Olmsted and Casey were assigned to the Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan.

Olmsted leaves behind his wife of 10 years, Amanda Wilson, of Colorado Springs.

“Believe it or not, one of the things I will miss most is not being able to blog any longer,” Olmsted wrote. “The ability to put my thoughts on (virtual) paper and put them where people can read and respond to them has been marvelous, even if most people who have read my writings haven’t agreed with them. If there is any hope for the long term success of democracy, it will be if people agree to listen to and try to understand their political opponents rather than simply seeking to crush them.”

Maj. Olmsted also blogged on the Rocky Mountain News Web site.

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