Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Not to be seen!


Should video footage out of Iraq be censored? Whose responsibility is it to “fact check” video authenticity? What danger does watching these videos pose to US troops? Whose best interest is being served by showing the videos? Whose interested in censoring these videos? Does the US government have the right to remove video clips from the Internet?

11 comments:

Josh said...

I am a bit suprised by the fact that Youtube is censoring the material on their website that is showing graphic material from the war in Iraq. I feel that this is unneccessary because anyone who is looking at this material is obviously searching it by free will. I feeel that anyone who is offended by such material should not be looking at said material. I don't understand how people could know that their is a war going on, but when they actually see for themselves what is going on, they seem to be shocked and appauled. What is going on in Iraq is no secret and I don't feel that the brutality is anything that needs to be covered up.

StepherZ said...

I think that the videos from Iraq should not be censored. It gives people the opportunity to see what’s going on in other countries, especially the ones that our country is fighting in. If people choose to sign on to YouTube and look at War videos than that’s their problem. It is no-one’s problem to “fact check” video authenticity, whether you choose to watch it or not is completely up to you. However, there is a danger to our US troops. That is because others can watch and try and “copy” what we will be doing. I signed on to You Tube this evening and searched War in Iraq and there were over 600 videos that appeared. I think it may be getting a little out of hand. If parents allow their children to watch these videos than that’s even more ridiculous. Some people watch these videos because it “interests” them and it gives them a more closer look as to what is going on in the world today.

christine mullen said...

I feel what youtube has done is take the blind folds off a lot of peoples eyes . Everyone wants to act like the war in Iraq is some type of secret. I must say that I agree with josh’s comment if your on the internet and you come across something like that free willing you want to see what ever it is that you looked up. So why acted surprise when something you didn’t expect to see shows up.. Or like what was discussed in class about it being a family member that they showed getting his or her head blown off .How can that be a shock unless you were not present the day they signed up to be in the army. You cant sit back and think for one second that its not a possibility that because its your child or who ever they are to you they cant get touched. Because no where in the papers that they signed says you are guaranteed to make it home alive or well. All I am saying is why mess it up for those who are ready to take off the blind folds and face the facts that’s what’s happening to our troops. One opinion shouldn’t change ever bodies

Edwin Genao said...

I think that the videos put on the internet should not be on because the videos can be creating more violence making people angry about the American troops being killed. Even though people hear or read about soldiers dying on the news it is very dramatic to actually see them being shot in a video. It is also very hard on the families who have family members fighting over there and seeing these videos will upset them thinking about their family. I don't think those videos should be shown over the internet.

[[ GiO ]] said...

Ever since September 11, 2001 and I saw that footage of that person from the military getting beheaded. I was shocked but then it made me realize how the world is how so many places in the world is so different from where I live. Footage from Iraq should not be censored why because all it’s going to do is hide us from the truth, to be straight up I rather know the truth than be lied too. Most Americans living in the United States don’t wake up everyday thinking about what’s going on in Iraq. Everyone is worried about what they are going to wear the next day or if Suzie Q is going to like what they wear today. If we would get more real footage on the news, news such as what is going around the world instead of who’s famous, who did what all that B.S. how is that going to help me go through my day, if I would know more about what is going around the world then I would try to find a solution in how to solve it. Same thing goes for everyone in this country we have to be more apart of this world it’s like everyone lives in their own world once they get into their home.
The military videos that soldiers make are really kind of retarded why because they are showing their enemies where they are located. That’s definitely not a good thing. That brings a lot of danger to the troops.
The people that are interested in censoring the footage is the armed forces because they want to remove any information that has to be kept a secret or its gives them a high risk with security.
Honestly I want to say no and say that the U.S. government has no right in censoring the videos because its freedom of speech basically. But the answer for me to this question is that they should have the right because if the enemies know what we are doing then they can sneak up on us and do something 100 times worse then what we are doing to them. That’s why I think the government should have the right to censor only military footages.

~RitaMarie~ said...

Videos from Iraq should be censored. Its traumatizing to the family members of those who lost loved ones in the war and opens the doors to new ways of violence. In addition, if you really want to see how bad things are there you can go see it for yourself and create your own opinions based on what you see going on right before you. There is no reason for children to see the horror of tragedy resulting from war. It's not appropriate nor is it beneficial.

vishnell said...

I strongly agree with Christine's comment. First of all how can you be upset with certain things being put on the web when its your choice to look at it or not. Like Michael Zilber has said in class on the internet it is different becuase you have a choice. Its up to you if you want to watch things that are happening in the war that in America they choose not to show on television. Its not as if the videos are pop ups where you have to see the war in Iraq. Also we all know about war and what happens so like Christine said why are some people acting as if it were a big secret. Just because you may not want to see certain things doesnt mean its not happening.
I really feel as though sometimes people want to make it seem like in their own minds nothing "bad" is happening. Especially if you have someone you know out at war wouldnt you want to see whats going on out there. Yeah, it might be hard to watch but these are the people that really need to wake up and see what their friends or relatives are really going through. You know they are out there and you know its a war so what is being shown shouldnt be surprising. The world should be able to see the truth.

Corrie* said...

In class we discussed the Iraqi war and how Youtube is censoring certain videos due to graphic and brutal behavior. I think that the videos shouldn’t be censored. As Josh said before many people go to Youtube for their own interest or entertainment, no one has a gun to their head making them watch it. If people don’t want to watch such videos don’t go to Youtube and click on the link. Watching the war videos off of Youtube is one of the only ways people get informed on what is going on in Iraq. If it wasn’t for Youtube a lot of people wouldn’t know what is going on in the war because the news reports like to sugar coat things. Why would some people want to censor Youtube it gives the real deal of what is going on and doesn’t hide the truth. I don’t even know why the government acts as if nothing is going on in Iraq, are they blind too or just do not want the people to know how war really is.

zohra said...

I was surfing youtube for some videos that might be of conflict to what we were talking about in class because I wanted to put myself in the position that the people who had a problem with it were in. I searched youtube and found this video,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX2i-xH4T8k&mode=related&search=

its not explicit at all, it just shows soldiers taping where they were. What angered me in this video was that soldiers were standing right in front of a place of worship, a mosque with the "azan" is being called which is called 5 times a day to tell Muslims its time to pray. I would be angry if I went to pray at my mosque and was being watched by people who I don’t even know, and aren’t even from my country. Its just like having a total stranger in your home, just like what happened to the Vietnam vet. I think if I was there, I'd be that little girl to give a solider that look and remind them we're human too, and that you cant walk all over people just because you have a gun. I think that by hosting these types of videos of solider clips, and even more explicit ones on the war show the world what is really happening over seas. If we cant see it from our televisions we should see it from the computer. It is called the world wide web, and I do choose what I want to watch. If the government wants to control what I watch, I just have to find a way around it to find truth. Behind youtube’s pointless videos it helps break the barrier of censorship on television and in the newspaper via internet.

zohra said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVaOvVQeEko

another question: Is BBC news more open to telling the dirty secrets of the US. Are they more willing to be less censored to what’s happening in Iraq to their country rather than the US.

By this crazy video, defiantly. This clip is so aggravating and a sad excuse for a solider. This doesn’t relate to this blog, but connects to the veterans for peace blog, In the video it says the solider had a personality disorder, well, if there was to be a draft would we really send these types of creep to war? Are we willing to send everyone and anyone? Are we that desperate?

sharkey said...

I think that some things should be censored by some family’s can come across these video’s and there son/daughter can be in the war. That person in the war is dieing in the video the parents are sitting there watching there love ones dieing for our country. Its not right for the parents to see that.