Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Michael Yon, a former Special Forces fighter, writes dispatches and posts photographs from the front lines in Iraq. Mr. Yon, however, does not work for any organization; no news outlet pays him for the hundreds of dispatches and photos he has produced. He publishes his work on his own Web site, michaelyon-online.com. He says contributions from his readers have paid most of his costs, though he declines to say how much they have given. It is remarkable that one man took it upon himself to provide war information cost-free to the world with the click of a mouse. Hopefully, this form of media will help create a stronger more personal form of communication among our society.