Wednesday, August 03, 2005

in pursuit of a true fish

an American freelance journalist was kidnapped & assassinated in Basra, probably as a result of this article. because fish need to know that these things go on.

10 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I was saddened by this anyway but when I read the fact that his blog entries were written as letters to his wife it really got to me. I realize up to the minute news is important but at what price?

2:19 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

it is not the truth that we should question the price of. it is violence, & corruption, & death, that have no value.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

true, but as long as we have free will unfortunately always be violence, corruption and death.

and this is no comment about this journalist in particular but while agreeing that knowing the 'truth' is important I sometimes wonder how many journalist are in harms way simply because of societies need for 'instant gratification' in our news. Its all really a catch 22 situation.

I feel really sorry for his wife and family and applaud his willingness to write what he saw without compromise.

3:56 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

hear, hear.

i have to say that 24-hr-news or no, i think it's important to have journalistic resources on location...even if there is a risk of life & limb. certainly anyone voluntarily in a war zone knows that the risk exists.

there's a difference, though, between a journalist in a war zone being gunned down in a combat situation, & a planned assassination by powerful individuals whose corruption has been exposed.

or maybe there isn't...but it feels like there is.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

I think there's a difference, for sure. Both are equally horrible to the families left behind but the latter just feels more sickening than the former.

4:24 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

almost because while it mostly feels that there's nothing we can do about war, there should be something we can do about corrupt power structures & the people who grow fat on them. fat & evil. supervillain-like. those bastards.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...


7:25 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

"it is violence, & corruption, & death, that have no value"

while i agree that violence and corruption have no value - i think saying that death has no value, you diminish the power of this journalist's death and those others who have placed themselves in harm's way, fought and died to bring us news or expose the valueless violence and corruption.

i salute this man and all others who have and continue to seek the truth, whatever the costs - i only wish more were so brave within our own country - and i send all my condolences to his family.

i kinda feel the other way around on the issue of war and corruption. to me it feels like we should be able to do something about war - protest, refuse to go, to send our children to go, diplomacy - while i feel powerless about corrupt power-structures and evil supervillians with their white cars. that there will be corruption and corrupt people no matter what i do and where you bring down one corrupt power-structure, three more dangerous ones pop up.

10:50 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

practically speaking you're probably right...intuitively it just feels like it could be dealt with, whereas war...dunno. maybe i've been watching too many movies.

when i said that death had no value, it was sort of in when a situation (ahem) degenerates so far that the individual deaths lose meaning, they just pile up...from an outside perspective, of course. obviously it matters a great deal to the world in which the deceased was the center.

11:54 AM  
Blogger phylos swam up to say...

more on this story

1:19 PM  

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