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July 7, 2008
CHUD IIBy Greyhawk
Continuing a discussion begun here.
LT Nixon: "CHUDs have been spotted in various corners of the political blogosphere for quite some time... Some other places where they have been popping up are Youtube comments, Liveleak comments, MySpace, and Facebook."
In spite of that warning, I was on a mission...
So I created a MilBlogs Blip TV channel. Loved the quality - from now on videos that I create and post here will come from that source. But I wanted the reenlistment videos to reach a wide audience, so I created a MilBlogs LiveLeak channel, too, and uploaded them there.
LiveLeak is certainly lively. Here are some quotes the re-up videos drew:
That "Hooah" at the end look silly .
No one cares anymore. The Military has lost all respect as they torture innocent people, lie to American citizens and Cost us all a fortune under the excuse "we broke it we have to fix it."In fairness, there are comments like this one, too:
There are two types of people, the one's that run toward danger and those that run away from it, guess which type the first two posters are? Guess which type of people always need protection too? But they are also the biggest complainers, go figure.And please let me assure one and all that I'm long past the point where that sort of stuff can hurt my feelings, or even get me annoyed enough to respond. In most cases you're dealing with someone who wants to take a beating anyway and will enjoy it. In others you might be chatting to a 12-year old.
Then things really got fun when I posted my Free and the Brave video on LiveLeak. That baby was serious CHUD bait:
A redneck song for redneck-trash. Scumbags who try to link the so-called "war on terror" to Iraq are the sheep who've bought into the neocon agenda. I pity you, but at the same time you're beneath my contempt.
Thats gotta be the sh1ttiest red neck white trash music I've heard in a while. had to turn it off at 00:20. sounds like it was written and composed by a retard(Those are the actual avatars the individuals use to represent themselves, by the way.)
Oddly enough, the video was also recategorized as "mature" within a few minutes of posting - must have been that graphic Mike Yon photo.
That's probably why these guys rushed over to see it, too. These are low-level e-chud, likely pre-teen basement dwellers who's moms are out for the evening, and hardly worth a response - but I couldn't resist: "I've been to Iraq twice, but golly, I sure never experienced anything as harsh there as your comments. I think I'll weep gently into my pillow all night now knowing that ZenGaardens and Zardoz don't like me."
Seriously, I'm a guy with nothing better to do then upload videos to the web in hopes that maybe someone's mom will see them, and these are guys with nothing better to do than be the first to comment on any military-themed post and hope their moms don't.
But I am a believer in having fun with CHUD.
By the way, military approval? 71 precent nationwide.
Posted by Greyhawk / July 7, 2008 7:14 PM | Permalink
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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