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#1 11 years ago
The US military has taken the war in Iraq into cyberspace, with the launch of its own channel on the video-sharing website YouTube.

BBC NEWS | Americas | US military takes Iraq war to YouTube

Not very surprising, considering that insurgents/terrorists post videos all the time, but it's still interesting to see how such large organizations as the US military start to use the net for their means.

When you read comments at youtube you usually find people throwing insults at each other over things like nationality and religion, it's a shame that it is so much easier for the web to be used to manipulate people than to educate them or to provide objective information.




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#2 11 years ago

Maybe they will explain why GI Joe's are crashing their hummers into the cars of innocent civilians, and executing wounded men.




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#3 11 years ago

That's why footage with no commentary is best.




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#4 11 years ago

I'm not sure if I would call this cyber warfare This is more like propaganda on a new media




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#5 11 years ago
Tas;3672069Maybe they will explain why GI Joe's are crashing their hummers into the cars of innocent civilians, and executing wounded men.

Holy hell kids, we have an OIF vet here! I mean, thats obviously how he's able to talk about what's going on over there with such clarity and authority. If a "wounded man" reaches for any weapon, you give 'em a controlled pair. He's a threat to you and your buddies, so you shoot the guy. As inhuman as it sounds, thats what you are trained to do. Oh, and it was an Abrams they used to crush that car, not a Humvee.




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#6 11 years ago

I can't see how this can be anything other than a propaganda stunt. Yes, they may show the 'daily life of GI Joe' in all its honor and glory, but I can't see any scenario where they would want to release films of the killings of civilians that actually do happen. We might not talk directly about 'perverting the truth', but we are talking about deliberately choosing not to show certain aspects of the war. So in that sense it won't be a complete or even fully realistic picture that will be shown.




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#7 11 years ago
'Dreadnought[DK;3672225']I can't see how this can be anything other than a propaganda stunt. Yes, they may show the 'daily life of GI Joe' in all its honor and glory, but I can't see any scenario where they would want to release films of the killings of civilians that actually do happen. We might not talk directly about 'perverting the truth', but we are talking about deliberately choosing not to show certain aspects of the war. So in that sense it won't be a complete or even fully realistic picture that will be shown.

Well, I think that pretty much goes without saying. There is no way, especially in a war as controversial as this one, that either of the sides will show a completely unbiased perspective on the fighting. The best way to see how the fighting is going, from what I've found, are those home videos made by soldiers that have been deployed to combat areas. It can be graphic, but it's the closest to the war most of us are going to get.




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#8 11 years ago

Right move from the perspective of the US military, providing propaganda videos versus propaganda videos is better than no counter-force for terrorist videos at all.




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#9 11 years ago

True, but one should always remember that those videos will still be propaganda videos as well; not some fair and impartial impression of the events.




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#10 11 years ago
'Dreadnought[DK;3672509']True, but one should always remember that those videos will still be propaganda videos as well; not some fair and impartial impression of the events.

Of course it's propaganda, that is a given. Anything produced by any government will be biased to it's own government. I don't care what country it is, that will always apply. No government is ever going to portray itself as it truly is.

From a somewhat objective view, I think this is entirly logical. Generally when your enemy employs a weapon, you employ a counter weapon. In this case it is a counter video. Is it the "right" thing to do? Will it work? I don't really know. But it is the logical thing to do.