Many Americans view the release of secret U.S. government documents by WikiLeaks to be an attack on our country. Newt Gingrich, for example, said on Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “is an active enemy combatant who is engaged in information warfare against the United States. What he is doing is going to have incalculable damage to this country. It is going to have a number of innocent people killed, a number of our allies killed. It is going to put Americans at risk.... This is an act of war against the United States.”
YouTube, in just the few short years of its existence, has become the new Media of Record. In other words, if you want to see and hear a particular politician make a jerk of himself, someone will have made a video of the occasion and posted it on YouTube. Also, if you want to see and hear the complete remarks or speech of someone of note — a statesman, President, a foreign dignitary — you can usually find it on YouTube. If you want to see actual footage of riots in Teheran or Greece or London, which you will only see bits of on TV news, you’ll see them on YouTube, sent in by individuals using their cell-phone cameras. What an incredible instrument of vital and instant communication!