February 22, 2006

The Utah of the Middle East

I have a new (short) article published today in The Bulletin, the Australian edition of Newsweek. I wanted to call it The Utah of the Middle East, since that’s what much of Kurdistan looks like, but they changed it to The Kurd Way.

UPDATE: Lebanon.Profile writes in the comments:
Once again, the blogosphere beats the MSM. However, it's somewhat odd that the blogger Michael Totten took on himself.

Okay, that's a bit disingenuous. You were restricted to the MSM rules, which detracted from your reporting instead of benefiting it. The article is good, and I can't help thinking that I would have liked it more had I not read your original post. It just doesn't compare to what we get here.

Left to your own devices, what we got was superb without any rules, regulations, or editors.
He is absolutely right. I, too, prefer what I can self-publish without any restrictions on content, style, and length. That's why I'm publishing the lion's share of my material on the blog. (I am able to do that thanks to you hitting my Tip Jar.)

Posted by Michael J. Totten at February 22, 2006 05:30 AM

Comments

Oh, the treasures of a blog.

Your article is good, but after reading your blog, it doesn't measure up.

Since you don't have room to show pictures or elaborate in the article, we don't get a sense of the development in Iraqi Kurdistan. We get a few data points (some not in your blog post, like the Domino's and MaDonal lines), but we don't get a sense for what it was like, what it was all about, and why we should be given hope about the future of Iraqi.

Once again, the blogosphere beats the MSM. However, it's somewhat odd that the blogger Michael Totten took on himself.

Okay, that's a bit disingenuous. You were restricted to the MSM rules, which detracted from your reporting instead of benefiting it. The article is good, and I can't help thinking that I would have liked it more had I not read your original post. It just doesn't compare to what we get here.

Left to your own devices, what we got was superb without any rules, regulations, or editors.

If only you could support yourself by blogging alone...

Posted by: lebanon.profile at February 22, 2006 06:37 AM

Lebanon.Profile,

I completely agree. Not only was I forced to write short, the piece was edited into lifelessness. Oh well. That's Newsweek for you.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at February 22, 2006 06:48 AM

groan

Posted by: Scott Janssens at February 22, 2006 06:51 AM

Don't get too down on yourself, Michael. Yes, what was here in the blog was lots better. On the other hand, even what was left when the editors got thru probably provided a better look at Kurdistan than the readers would otherwise have gotten.

The longest journey begins with a single step. Even if the editors insisted on it being a baby step.

Posted by: wj at February 22, 2006 07:32 AM

Wow! I got promoted to the main page!

I agree with WJ. What you wrote in The Bulletin is great. I just wish the MSM demanded the thoroughness you demand of yourself.

Posted by: lebanon.profile at February 22, 2006 09:49 AM

A better title would have been: "Kurds and (the) Way"

:-)

Posted by: Geoff Shotts at February 22, 2006 10:31 AM

Geoff LOL.

Being more for an Australian audience, reference to Utah is unlikely to be as clear as for most Americans. I think. (Ozzies do tend to know a LOT about world geography, though -- and Americans tend to know little.)

The nice little article was at worst only 1/2 dead; I'd have called it some 80% as good. Glad you can write the whole stuff here.

(Glad others are calling for a book, too.)

Posted by: Tom Grey - Libertay Dad at February 22, 2006 01:07 PM
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