[QODLink]
RIZ KHAN
The 'Youtube Wars'
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have spilled into another frontier - the Internet.
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2010 12:52 GMT

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have spilled into another frontier - the Internet.

Raw footage both from American soldiers as well as fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan are flooding cyberspace leading many to call the conflicts the world's first 'YouTube Wars'.

Those videos give viewers an unfiltered view of the wars, taking them right to the heart of the fighting.

The Pentagon is now actively encouraging soldiers to "share their personal stories" on the Internet in what is considered a vigorous new effort to counter the impact of videos posted by those fighting US-led forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

JOIN THE DEBATE


Send us your views and get your voice on the air

While many feel it is important for the world to see the violence up close and personal - unfiltered by mainstream media, critics argue such clips are counterproductive because they lack context and amount to little more than 'war porn' - viewed purely for entertainment purposes.

So what impact will this new propaganda battle have on global public opinion and perception of both wars?

Discussing that will be Jennifer Terry, from the University of California who produced a study of military videos from Iraq and Afghanistan; and writer and academic Adel Iskandar whose areas of expertise include contemporary Arab media and its coverage of conflict.

We will also have with us Iraqi journalist Salam Talib who is presently working on a documentary called Guests in the Living Room - an account of Iraqi refugees trying to rebuild their lives around the world.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Featured
Deaths of 13 Sherpas in Nepal has shone a light on dangerous working conditions in the Everest-climbing industry.
Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
Incumbent Joyce Banda has a narrow lead, but anything is possible in Malawi's May 20 elections.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
join our mailing list