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YouTube circulates ‘unfiltered’ war views
“The amount of lads signing up after watching the YouTube diaries is amazing, really,” he said.
Not all of the clips are positive. A viral video of a U.S. Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff sparked widespread outrage in March when it was uploaded on YouTube. The uproar led the Marine Corps to expel one Marine and discipline another.
One Internet TV documentary series hosted on YouTube, called “In Their Boots,” focuses on military families and veterans readjusting to life after they come home. Producer Amanda Spain of the Brave New Foundation, which funds the project, said the episodes are all about “going through a life struggle.”
“It’s a different era where they can really, instead of just having the news tell their stories in two-minute sound bites, they get to tell the full thing so people get to see how dynamic they are,” she said.
“Less than 1 percent of our population serves in the military, and 99 percent of the people don’t really know their stories. And I do think that if the American public really got to know them as people, not just political props for either side, that they would really care about what’s going on with them,” Miss Spain said.
In Mr. Goodfellow’s final video diary, he and other RAF members returning home from Afghanistan are greeted by the sound of bagpipes. He appears happy, tired and bittersweet.
“I’m obviously ecstatic to be back in one piece and to be home,” he tells the camera. “One thing I will mention, on a sad note, basically the squadron didn’t bring everybody back. …
“A lot of people say that the real heroes don’t return home.”
About the Author
Kara Rowland, White House reporter for The Washington Times, is a D.C.-area native. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied American government and spent nearly all her waking hours working as managing editor of the Cavalier Daily, UVa.’s student newspaper.
Her interest in political reporting was piqued by an internship at Roll Call the summer before her ...
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