Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Israelis and Palestinians using video to wage war for public opinion

The Israeli Defense Force has wasted no time in using YouTube to fight the war of public opinion over the fighting in Gaza - their YouTube channel has been one of the highest-ranked channels during the past 10 days of the conflict. Venture Beat has an interesting look at how the IFD has been using YouTube and other internet mediums to bypass the media and gain support for their mission. Palestinian groups have also been posting, though on YouTube their support seems to be more user-generated than official.

Of course this isn't the first time an Army has used YouTube to show citizens the boots on the ground perspective - the Multi-National force in Iraq has been active on YouTube for almost two years, and the U.S. Military has several YouTube channels.


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