Friday, June 30, 2006

Bin Laden podcasting

Ummm...no, he's not.

But this came to mind while I was watching CBC National. It seems that Bin Laden has just released a 19-minute audio praising the work of the slain Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and demanding that the U.S. treat his body with respect.

Now, the contents of his message isn't what I want to focus on. Instead, I'd like to point out that the terrorist movement uses the Internet far better than many organizations to recruit and build its brand. And this is sad since the terrorist movement does nothing more than to promote fear and destruction.

What would happen if al-Qaeda started to podcast? Would iTunes accept their submission into their podcast directory? Would any of the other podcatchers do the same? They currently accept podcasts that focus on porn and hate, so what makes a podcast focused on terrorism any different?

Please note - I do not support terrorism in any form, whether it's al-Qaeda, Hamas or a bully boss at work. I'm raising this as a point of discussion and I'm free to do that in this country.

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