p://www.warblogging.com/">Dept. of Language Appropriation: My half-assed prediction of the day -- within two months, the only people who will still use variants of the word "warblog" will be those who turn purple at the mere thought of "the warbloggers." I mean, if that isn't true already. (Via Jim Henley)

Posted by at August 10, 2002 07:42 PM

I dont know, a few of us still wear it as a badge of honor.

Posted by: Sean Kirby at August 11, 2002 08:06 PM

Hey Matt:
Refresh my memory if you can remember yourself...
The term "warblogger", as I recall it from back in November, simply meant a blog that was spawned by the war on terror, and specifically by the war in Afghanistan. Did the term ever imply support for war? I never thought it did, but that seems to be the way it is used now.
I think your assessment is correct, and the only folks who will use it will be the bloggers who will continue to use it as a pejorative term. Kind of a shame really. It's usefulness may have passed, but there was a time when I was proud to be one of the original batch of warbloggers.

Posted by: Brian Linse at August 12, 2002 11:21 AM

Brian -- I have always used & understood the term to be about web-logs that were launched as a result of the act of war inflicted on this country 11 months ago today. But that is not at all how it is typically used or understood, so I don't use it anymore, except in my URL. But, you know, who cares?

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 12, 2002 11:51 AM

Letter from Gotham recommends dropping the term, saying pretty much the same thing. I advised her of Bjorn and Matt's early use of the term, but she didn't change her mind.

Posted by: Dan Hartung at August 12, 2002 09:41 PM
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