Friday, July 21, 2006

The War Via Youtube

It sure looks a lot different than what we are seeing on Fox/CNN/... et al. I spent some time viewing a bunch of them this morning. Many are particularly hard to watch. Some look to be homemade works of propaganda from both sides of the conflict, and others seem more to present an unvarnished look at what is really going on.

This one seemed a little like one of Ava's videos. I picked it because it has a message of peace. The man with a sling towards the beginning brings up the stark image of David and Goliath, and the little boy with the Anderson Cooper eyes in tears really got to me.

Conflicts in the Middle East documentary Part 1

Watching these shows what a disservice the media does by showing the missiles and the explosions and none of the carnage of war. The networks glorify the heinous face of war, and thus they help perpetuate it.

There are so many videos, literally hundreds if not thousands more from the week old conflict, and many times that about Iraq. If you see any really good ones, about Israel-Hamas-Hezbollah or US-Iraq, or have any thoughts about how these videos might actually help balance governments' attempts to control the flow of information from a war zone, as I think they can, please let me know in the comments.

I want to salute video sites like Youtube for allowing people to share with us this lense into the horrors of war like the world has never seen before. I think the UN or perhaps the Gates Foundation or some other group with the means to be able to do so, ought to flood war zones with video cameras and computer/internet access. Pictures, and even more so video, represent the one true universal language. It is the most powerful medium for peace IMO.

Your thoughts?


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