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Military bloggers take aim at mainstream media

Borda, the Dallas software analyst, doesn't have any big plans beyond his blog. Still, he hopes it will effect some kind of change. By linking to more and more military blogs every day, he believes he is making it easier for people to find the news they are looking for out of Iraq. And like Burden, he believes that can make a small difference in the way people see the war.

J.P. Borda, left, a Dallas software analyst, is at the center of the milblog movement. He began blogging in 2004 while in Afghanistan as a way to keep in touch with family and friends.
J.P. Borda, left, a Dallas software analyst, is at the center of the milblog movement. He began blogging in 2004 while in Afghanistan as a way to keep in touch with family and friends.

"The media is about shaping the will of the country, about shaping our moral will to fight a war, and I believe that's where they're falling down," Burden says. "I don't think the military blogs are going to replace the media, no way. We can't compete. But we can be an alternative source. My main job is to make sure we're honoring the sacrifices these guys are making. "

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