. . . Wednesday August 10, 2005

Over There (for real)

Ifilm has some video that was supposedly shot by soldiers in the field according to the Wash Post:

Warzone, which debuted last week, contains video purportedly shot, edited and submitted by U.S. and other coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. And to prove the “Internet as melting pot” analogy, the site includes video filmed by (but probably not submitted by) various insurgent or paramilitary groups, including the Shiite Mahdi army.The videos on iFilm.com are not the first “home movies” to come out of a war zone, but they show you what you can do with one good recording device, cheap editing software and the Internet as a free, worldwide distribution platform.

What has surprised me more than how many new views and perspectives we’re getting in the technological era is how few most people still get.

Over the past week, we’ve been revisiting the story of the censoring of journalist George Weller’s firsthand account of what he saw in Nagasaki 60 years ago. Weller managed to get to the bomb zone, but none of his reports ever made it to the public until quite recently.

Think about it. Are we closer to those times than we think? How many times have you been watching TV news on the war in Iraq and found the need to avert your eyes? Probably never.

Shouldn’t the reporting about war be as ugly as war itself? Has all our new technology really changed things that much?

I suppose if we had the web 60 years ago, George Weller might have posted his reports from Nagasaki on his blog.

But would you have wanted to read it?

Concentration is important!