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August 27, 2006

Google vs Youtube and the Political Documentary

Where Google can out do Youtube is ultimately in the length of its programmes. Youtube puts a ten minute time limit on the vids. This will ultimately prevent them from being anything more serious than sugar entertainment, which is fine. However, what I have been watching are a series of polictical documentries on Google, films which probably have only one showing on TV before being forgotten - but on Google they are available. This is the web at its best, a forum for communication and debate. What is exciting is that I can copy the code for the film into this blog and in my own way pass the word on.

The film I have posted is Peace, Propaganda and The Promise Land by Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally. It is an American film about the US media's reporting of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. It discusses what is often left out of the American reportage and hence how the US people remain, on the whole, ignorant of what is taking in the occupied Palestine. It goes into particular depth concerning the PR campaign that Israel has undertaken with the American press, how language is controlled and how death is media managed. This is the web at its cutting edge best.

Posted by Xavier Leret at August 27, 2006 10:14 PM

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