The Wild World of "Open-Source Media"

Web logs, or blogs, offer everyone a platform for political commentary, diary writing, and sharing links. And the best are truly influential

As U.S. troops moved into Baghdad in early April, the media moved with them. Some 600 reporters, camera operators, and producers were there -- to beam every move, every explosion, and an occasional death back to the U.S. But people who really wanted to know what was happening on the ground turned away from their TVs to the Web log -- the online diary -- of a young Baghdad resident who called himself "Salam Pax."

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