Writing Inspired

One of the neatest things about the blogosphere is how a conversation can jump from blog to blog, with each blog addings its own touch.

First, Mark’s July 2005 post on 5th Generation Warfare inspired my first post on the topic the next day. Then just this month Herb Harris joined the conversation, which quickly jumped over to Dreaming 5GW.

5GW was also misused by John Robb, whose interpretation was analyzed the same day by Aherring, Curtis, and myself. The stand-out quote: Robb lets others do a lot of the building, claims they’re stealing his ideas, then changes his ideas to coopt and incorporate new little nuggets he’d not previously considered.

A more involved conversation included Tom and myself, spanning “Jimmy Carter’s New Book,” “The Jews, Israeli nationalism v. Globalism,” “The Jews, Reloaded,” and now “Another spiral development attempt on the Carter book controversy.”

A three-way conversation on new theories for a new way of war has seen contributions on Small Wars Journal, D.N.I., and (to bring this all to a circle) Zen Pundit.

In closing, I of course have to link to Soob / Soob du Jour, and Quiet Thoughts / Silence in Mind, two blogs that are both inspired and original.

One thought on “Writing Inspired”

  1. You're too kind for the link, Dan.

    The cyclical exchange of ideas by people many miles apart is an amazing feat, isn't it? The fomentation of a semi-concious “group think” is even better especially among such an example of fine minds even if they disagree on occasion.

    I didn't realize Fabius had published his fourth installment. Christ, didn't even realize he'd put out a third. Hopefully he tackles the Kurdish element as he asserted he would.

  2. Subadei,

    Not at all! Your blog is great, and your recent post on Venezuelian designs on Bolivia [1] fascinating!

    Fabius had a good comment on the semi-conscious groupthink of the blogosphere:

    “This is a network effect which we will likely see more often: folks operating in the same “community”, in the same news flow, developing the same insights. This happens in all communities, but more frequently in virtual ones. The web allows communities to grow both in size and rate of evolution, so that nobody can follow everything.

    I've had this happen to me twice. Another author (a major expert) wrote an article “mirroring” something I had recently written, and later one similar to something I *was* writing. I don’t know which was more frustrating.”

    Thanks for your contributions to the tdaxp community! 🙂

    [1] http://soobdujour.blogspot.com/2007/01/hegemon-just-how-far-does-hugo-chavez.html
    [2] http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/johnrobb/2007/01/strategy_wars_l.html#comment-27371585

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