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The LaVena Johnson story: Public awareness grows on the Web

Philip Barron: You don't have to be a blogger to be concerned over the plight of a military family - or to act.
Following in the footsteps of such news and opinion sites as AlterNet and Truthout, the website of activist Michael Moore has picked up the storyof Pfc. LaVena Johnson's suspicious death in Iraq and its disputed investigation by the Army. It's clear that the blogosphere is awakening to the struggle of LaVena's family to learn the truth about their daughter's death. It's important to remember, however, that this story is much larger than Blogville. Weblogs obviously have their importance in comminicating this story, but you don't have to be a blogger to be concerned over the anguish of this military family and the inflexibility of the Army. And you don't have to be a blogger to act on that concern.
Philip Barron is a St. Louis writer and author of the blog Waveflux.
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