June 9, 2015
(last edits June 15)
Okay, for a while there's been an issue with this blog's name and subject matter mismatching
On the one hand, it's just a technicality; a name's a name. On the other hand, it seems to seriously effect how many people find the non-Libya material here. I don't think the url does that, just the blog title and description.
I still go back and forth on whether to leave this as the Libya blog (that might just stay stalled) and start a new general blog (better late than never). And start from scratch with that. Ugh. Keep it all here and keep the existing traffic? That's the winning idea to me, but I'd like to get more thoughts.
The name to change to is not set yet - I have no perfect offering. The best is something that lends credence to the info we most need people to see. Somehow, covering massacres in detail is what I/we have done the most and the best - with massacre set broadly to include protesters-shootings, alleged poison gas attacks, etc.
So one title I'm half-tempted to just adopt right now is:
Monitor on Massacre Marketing
(term borrowed from Jurgen Todenhoffer - he referred to the rebel's Houla Massacre, and called it "hideous," in German)
But it's not perfect. It suggests morbidity, that we should be or might want to be looking at all kinds of massacres anywhere. But I think a narrowing to controversial ones that need re-examined, in areas of active information warfare with that horrible aspect and we can see it being abused. The truth is roughly upside-down from the accepted version, with criminals rewarded and victims punished. That's not right and we kick its ass, as far as words go.
As covered, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, would all be areas where this has happened recently. Other areas surely apply, others yet would debatably fit the bill. The incident coverage I've opted to bring here, mainly highlights I was hoping to boost, all fit the bill of what I'd like to keep doing. Related non-deadly issues of deception in violating sovereignty and stuff like that will probably keep seeming relevant enough to include as well.
I'm especially keen to hear from team members Petri and Felix,from solid contributors like h, lurking followers, other commentators. What gets the right tone, has a nice ring, etc. ? And should it happen here soon, or on a belated new platform soon, with a crash project of promoting it to relevance ASAP?
And I'd like to see more at the chosen place, by me, existing team members, and maybe a new member or two. Sections will need managed, etc.
June 15: Hearing no other thoughts, I'm going with keeping the profile, views, and momentum gained here - I've started re-wiring the page, as the sidebar shows. I'm preparing a header now for Monitor on Massacre Marketing. By-line still to be decided.
Any last minute thoughts?
Header finished. Slick, huh?
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