Sunday, March 21, 2010
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Sorry I missed this, but here it is when it debuted in late February: Chris Wallace of Fox News naming YouTube's Steve Grove "Power Player of the Week." (Clicking on the link will give you the video segment.)
Steve Grove, CMC '00 and head of YouTube politics and news certainly is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to curating the Internet. (For the record, The Claremont Conservative has switched its YouTube account to the more accessible, Vimeo, though, due to how the videos are broken up into ten minute time intervals.)
Our hapless president was rather tepid in considering how to deal with the slaughter of Iranian civilians by their government, but YouTube allowed for the citizen journalists to create some truly haunting images -- images and videos that I believe will be the equivalent of the Tank Man when the Iranian regime is finally brought down. Here's the mention of Steve Grove in The New York Times:
Steve Grove, head of news and politics for YouTube, said the video of Ms. Agha-Soltan was “pretty instantly fragmented into hundreds of other re-uploads.”
A shorter video clip of Ms. Agha-Soltan’s death was recorded by a second person and later uploaded by a Canadian YouTube user, who in June asked not to be identified and who did not respond to a request for comment last week. Within hours, copies of the two videos were viewed by millions of people.
The man who posted the clip in the Netherlands said the doctor and the man with the camera phone were aware of the world’s reaction. They have not sent any video clips since June.
The uploader is active in the online community that supports the Iranian opposition movement, and 10 days ago, he posted a link on Facebook to a video showing someone in riot gear beating and choking a person who appeared to be a protester.
“This procedure needs time and we have time,” the man said about the opposition movement. “It is fire under the ash. It will flare up and this time is not far away, even if it is not so close.”
He added, “I wish for the outcome to be a regime where there is no violence, where there is freedom of expression and freedom after expression.”
Mr. Grove said hundreds of protest videos from Iran are posted to YouTube each month.
“There’s an element of documentation here — just documenting what takes place. But there’s also an element of communication,” he said. “These videos are almost like moving e-mails, from Iran to other countries.”