what people will post on You Tube.
We all have heard stories of those less than brilliant people who have recorded themselves doing extremely stupid things while driving and then posted same on the Internet. This is almost always followed, no surprise, with a visit from the local law.
Then there are those videos which are internal to an organization and get loose.
I can give you three examples from the military-
let’s start with the most recent courtesy of the US Navy. I was made aware of this by my friend Barbara followed by a front page article in the Stars and Stripes. The controversy is over video made and shown in 2007 aboard a Navy Ship.
– This whole controversy generated some stirring discussion around the office. Much of it was related to “was it offensive or not.” Just about everyone wanted to see the videos to decide. My point was simple – the Navy is the service that brought us Tail Hook. Senior leaders have been trying hard for a cultural change. The fact that 16 years later some rather senior officer on an aircraft carrier chooses to make/have made videos with sexual references/overtones of any kind to me shows a lack of judgment. Commanders and their staff are not Saturday Night Live. They set the mood and the tone for what is acceptable behavior. Yes, those clips might have been funny, but if people were offended, they had little to no options for recourse. Captain underway is Captain underway.
-Second. While assigned in Baghdad in the 2003-2004 time frame, a particular Military Intelligence Unit put a number of homemade videos on their internal server. Obviously, because I know about them, they did not stay secure all that long. These particular videos caused a lot of problems and resulted in significant number of disciplinary actions. My thought is that if you are stupid enough to video yourselves having sex, you deserve what you get when you post it for others to see. (there is also this small fact that the military actually cares about adultery but is rarely able to prosecute due to evidentiary lack). And no, it is not hard to make an ID given the uniqueness of some tattoos.
Finally, there were those Evangelical Air Force Generals who make tapes/announcements/religious propaganda for the far right. They did it in uniform with their offices in the Pentagon in the background. Surprised they were when accused of misusing their positions. I hope they are enjoying their retirement.
Anyway, we have had some interesting discussions here today, making a nice break from complaining about the cold.