When the Iraq war was launched, there was a lot of hype about so-called embedded reporters who could travel around with a unit and report directly from the front lines. While this could offer a direct link to the action, few people felt that a reporter embedded with the military could actually offer an unfiltered view of events. Now, new technology is changing the way viewers can see the war. YouTube currently hosts a slew of videos relating to the latest violence in the Middle East, including propaganda videos, home movies from those in the midst of it, and clips from global news reports. Typically, governments try to keep a tight grip on what images and stories get out during times of war, but this will continue to get harder as the major news organizations continue to lose their dominance. Of course, the US government is well aware of this fact, as evidenced by its increasing use of video games and social-networking sites to get its message out.
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