Milblogs Go Silent Across the Internet
CYBERSPACE – On Wednesday, December 16 2009, many military blogs (milblogs) have decided to go silent for the day, while others are choosing to go silent for a longer period of time. This is happening because milblogs are facing an increasingly hostile environment from within the military.
According to Mr. Wolf of Blackfive.net, “While senior leadership has embraced blogging and social media, many field grade officers and senior NCOs do not embrace the concept. From general apathy in not wanting to deal with the issue to outright hositility to it, many commands are not only failing to support such activities, but are aggressively acting against active duty milbloggers, milspouses, and others. The number of such incidents appears to be growing, with milbloggers receiving reprimands, verbal and written, not only for their activities but those of spouses and supporters.”
The catalyst for the day of silence across the blogosphere is the treatment of milblogger C.J. Grisham who writes A Soldier’s Perspective. Grisham has earned accolades and respect, from the White House and people across the Internet because of his honest (although sometimes blunt) discussion of military issues – particularly PTSD.