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Creating the WitnessDocumenting Genocide on Film, Video, and the Internet$
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Leshu Torchin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676224

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676224.001.0001

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iWitnesses and Citizentube

iWitnesses and Citizentube

Focus on Darfur

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Creating the Witness

Leshu Torchin

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the impact and possibilities of CitizenTube, a political video log (vlog) launched by YouTube in order to “add fuel to the revolution that is YouTube politics,” in representing and mobilizing response in relation to the ongoing crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. Recognizing the vast array of media in the cosmopedia, the chapter considers the work of websites, online games, and Internet video as sites of witnessing to genocide and the promotion of participation and action. Reading through the sites, it analyzes content and interface to see how they cultivate communities of concern—intelligence communities as activist witnesses. In particular, it explores how two human rights organizations, WITNESS and Human Rights Watch, mobilized footage from a largely inaccessible part of Darfur in order to reach potential publics. It also discusses a number of films that depict scenes and testimonies from life in Darfur, including Darfur Diaries: Message from Home, The Devil Came on Horseback, and Google Darfur.

Keywords:   films, CitizenTube, YouTube, Darfur, Sudan, cosmopedia, Internet, video, witnessing, genocide

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