You probably saw the video in the report above, a couple of million people did watch it over the summer months. Greg Jaffe from the Washington Post talks to the guy on whose helmet was mounted the camera, Ted Daniels, the 37-year-old PFC.
The power of Daniels’s video lies in its ability to deliver the viewer directly to the battlefield. Viewers can hear Daniels panting, his boots crunching on rocky ground and the snap of enemy bullets as they pass by his head. The perspective is familiar — it is the same as Call of Duty and other combat video games.
What the video doesn’t show is Daniels. The footage lacks context. It is an empty vessel that viewers fill with their own opinions about America’s wars, its troops, killing and combat.
I know what I think about the video and Daniels, but I’d rather read your comments after you read the article.