Sunday 11th April 2010by Jennifer 8. Lee
(I asked YouTube to ask them to remove the 10-minute limit, as the edited film is 18 minutes long, and the original is 38 minutes long.)
The transcripts provide a view into the banter of military pilots.
When history looks back, this video will likely represent a turning point in accountability journalism (a subset of which is investigative journalism). Videos represents the ascent of primary material as an axis around which journalism, and public opinion will pivot. Another example is the Neda video (contained in this YouTube), from Tehran, which shows the killing of 27-year-old Neda Agha Soltan in Tehran. It rocketed around the world and also won a Polk Award.
Two other forms of primary material that will come from citiens are documents and photos, but they are perhaps not as emotionally impactful as video.