A colleague forwarded a press release from MTV titled "MTV News Presents: Iraq Uploaded To Air Friday, July 21st at 8PM (ET/PT)." The special will show how soldiers "document war" in Iraq and share it on the Web, but watch out for that "mujahideen" perspective:
In this half hour special report, MTV News’ Gideon Yago delves into this technological and social phenomenon [of soldier-made video] emerging from the front lines in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Through short videos on user generated content websites, OIF troops provide an unvarnished and unrefined perspective of the violence of combat, the relationships of men in uniform and the reality of war. “MTV News Presents: Iraq Uploaded” will air on Friday, July 21st at 8PM (ET/PT).
MTV News talks with soldiers who shot video while serving in U.S. Army and U.S. Marine units in Mosul, Ramadi, Fallujah and Baghdad. In addition, the news report will feature interviews with military families and users addicted to the sites, and military and technical experts who help put into perspective these communities – military, civilian and mujaheddin [?] - that post and participate in internet sites devoted to the Iraq War.
Viewers will be able to find out more about “MTV News Presents: Iraq Uploaded” by accessing exclusive content on MTVNews.com and MTV Overdrive, the network’s broadband channel. There they can watch a never-before-seen extended interview with the soldiers who created “Lazy Ramadi,” the viral-video phenomenon parody of the SNL skit. Extended clips of the soldiers’ footage can also be found, including an interview with one of the soldiers profiled in the show and the footage he shot and edited in Mosul and Tal Afar. Other exclusive Overdrive material includes in-depth discussions with the Marines from Camp Pendleton along their war footage clips and interviews with the bands whose music have been used in these videos.