Don't tell, don't tell: Military uploads videos to YouTube, then blocks the site
debaron at UIUC.EDU
Mon May 14 22:15:53 UTC 2007
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Don’t tell, don’t tell: Army puts PR videos on YouTube while blocking
the site on its own military computers
In an attempt to rebuild the eroding image of America at home and
abroad, the U.S. Army is commissioning videos portraying the positive
side of the Iraq War to counter what military spokesperson Lt. Col.
Christopher Garver called an endless stream of bad news stories
showcasing “the carbomb of the day.” The Army is putting this
footage on YouTube, the popular video-sharing site that recently
hosted Newt Gingrich’s made-for-TV apology for having insulted
Spanish as the language of the ghetto.
So far the Army has uploaded 25 good-news clips showing American
soldiers firing at snipers off camera, handing Iraqi children soccer
balls, and rescuing Iraqis injured by the car bomb of the day.
Garver told the BBC that the Army’s new wave short subjects are part
of the military’s effort to take the Iraq offensive into cyberspace,
where the enemy has already staked out strategic positions and forced
the U.S. to play catch up. With over a million hits on YouTube, the
army’s public relations effort seems to be reaching audiences.
But it won’t reach military audiences, because on May 11 the Army
blocked YouTube from all military computers, along with other sites
like MySpace and Photobucket. ....
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