The Net provides an alternative channel for finding out what’s happening in Serbia
This column appeared in the June 1999 issue of The American Journalism Review.
Within a week of the first NATO bomb dropping on Serbia, the conflict in Kosovo had been dubbed the first Internet war. While that overstates the case, it’s not far from the truth.
Night after night the network news has offered a narrow prism of views along with those ubiquitous aerial photos of NATO’s bombing campaign. The Internet, conversely, has provided an alternative channel that offered deeper coverage, more interactivity and, most significantly, greater diversity of voices and viewpoints.
Internet users have tapped into the war in a number of ways: