Whether you want to call it participatory journalism, citizen journalism or just the noise of the many, the ease of online publishing tools for quick, spontaneous expression means there are a whole world of alternative war perspectives online. Wikipedia has become known as an incredibly valuable resource, not just for encyclopaedic definitions, but for it’s coverage of current events – such as the Israel-Lebanon conflict. Partner project Wikinews now also comes with RSS feeds – meaning you can subscribe to the latest world, regional or topical news.
Elsewhere, impressively leveraging the capacity of Google Earth’s 3D topography & satellite photos, a site has put together a collection of placemakrs which show exact locations of military actions based on news reports – with a whole bunch of added embedded information. Quite intense to browse.
Kevin Sites is a veteran war correspondent now signed up with Yahoo – who aims to travel to every armed conflict in the world, in one year. Using a HD camcorder, satellite phone, powerbook, & satellite modem he sends in articles and edited video from warzones, aided by a production team in the States. Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon are all on his list, but also a whole string of lesser known conflicts such as those in Chechnya, Congo, Haiti, Kasmir, Nepal, Sir Lanka, Sudan and a whole host of others.
Mazen Kerbak‘s response to the craziness of inheriting a war, was not just to blog about it, but to perform and record improvisational music to the sound of bombs falling nearby. That, comics and paintings await.