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No YouTube or MySpace for US Soldiers

May 15, 2007

YouTube is pissed that the US Army is banning soldiers from using their site, and they want a meeting to work things out. Good luck with that, YouTube.

MySpace is another website blocked from soldiers’ use, apparently.

This all comes at the heels of military bloggers receiving recognition and a widening audience. Colby Buzzell, a military fighter from San Francisco, just won awards for his blog-turned-book “My War: Killing Time in Iraq.” He blogged for two months in 2004 before the Pentagon shut him down and confined him to base – luckily he didn’t lose all of his content.

This issue really brings to life the role of blogging and the power of the internet for communication. The military is trying to hamper the flow of information, but they’re not going to be able to. And now military bloggers are on the defense:

Some military bloggers have decried the regulation, saying they have committed no major security breaches and that posting military blogs on MySpace and other Web sites helps rally public support for the troops and the war.

“There is no more honest, there’s no more authentic, and there are no more gung-ho support voices than the soldiers themselves,” Shachtman agreed. “To shut them up is really the equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot.”

Thill, who is stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska, and is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in July with her military police unit, said the limitations to MySpace.com will “affect us probably quite a bit, until we figure out (everyone’s) e-mail addresses.”

In addition to MySpace and YouTube, the Defense Department has blocked Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos, FileCabi, BlackPlanet, hi5, Photobucket, Pandora, MTV, 1.fm and Live365.

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