UnderMars, NTFU

I just made a small update to UnderMars.com with some pictures from Kuwait and Iraq (fairly mundane pictures, just safe stuff). Thanks again to everyone helping out with that project. I just got the following email which I thought raised an interesting point:

I am unsure whether or not you will open this email, as I'm sure you may not open all your emails, especially with all the publicity the website is recieving lately. I am the wife of a US soldier currently serving in Iraq. Sir, it is my husband's second deployment and I am fiercely proud of the work our men amd women are doing. I appreciate your website for so many reasons, but would like to point out, as you may have already heard, that these photos may incite those we are trying to work with out there.

I know what I am saying is not new to you, and I know it may not matter. What matters to me, sir, is that if the higher ups in the military decide so our men and women may no longer be allowed to use personal computers or cameras. This is one way so many of our men and women in uniform keep in touch with their loved ones, and I wanted to make sure that that possibility is known to you.

Sir, my husband being able to use his lap top to send me emails and to chat online keep his morale up. These deployments are long and hard, and contact with his family helps him keep the mission in focus. I know this email doesn't change anything, and I sincerly hope your website doesn't cause the military to reconsider it's stance on personal computers and cameras.

Now, I hope that UnderMars is presented tastefully and won't cause this type of problem to happen, but the recent media flap about NowThatsFuckedUp.com which allows soldiers to trade gore pix for porn does present the content in a highly inflamatory manner… I worry that soldiers could face the type of social backlash that this writer mentioned to me, and such a restriction could only serve to make life in Iraq even more unpleasant for everyone.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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