Spin Caught in Web Trap

"When Allied forces were last on their way to the Gulf in 1991, the Internet was little more than a gaggle of bearded academics swapping information on their latest computer programs," reports Owen Gibson. Today, however, the web "is opening up a world of different perspectives and viewpoints. ... Sites such as Afghanistan Online and Islamic Gateway saw a thousandfold increase in their traffic while web users also flocked to sites such as Stopwar.org.uk and Amnesty International. And just last week, interested parties were able to flick from the French press to the US tabloids and back again to see how differing views on the war were taking shape.