Friday, February 15, 2002

Big J Journalists and Big W Warriors

If you haven't had a chance to check out Andrew Sullivan's Book Club do it. He won't start blogging about the book, Warrior Politics, until next week so you have time to read it now. It's only 150 pages.

For those interested in big J Journalists, it has a very interesting discussion about how the media may aid our enemies during wartime. "Another problem ...will be the unwitting collusion between the global media and our enemies. ... The power of the media is willful and dangerous because it dramatically effects Western policy while bearing no responsibility for the outcome. Indeed the media's moral perfectionism is possible only because it is politically unaccountable."

The book, Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos, by Robert Kaplan, is mostly about hero warriors (Churchill, Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Livy, Achilles) and doesn't go into depth about journalism, but I think a bunch of you will find Kaplan's writing good and his thoughts provocative.