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The Demise of Gaddafi: Even dictators can’t have honorable downfalls anymore

Posted by: | October 24, 2011 | No Comment |

He’s dead, and everyone knows it thanks to the handy work of a few amateur videographers with cell phone cameras and AK-47’s.

The rule of former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi lasted over 40 years, and after an eight-month civil war, he was captured and killed by rebel forces.

40 years ago, political power was taken and given without certain parts of the world even knowing the details. Last week, vivid video footage of Gaddafi’s capture surfaced online immediately following his death. The news of his death spread like wildfire on web sites like Twitter and Facebook, not to mention major news networks.

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, Twitter is the new spoken news. Therefore, the issue of censorship is once again a conversation to have. Should graphic videos of Gaddafi’s death or images of his corpse laying in a freezer for everyone to watch be readily available for anyone to observe? Here’s an example (WARNING: This is a bit graphic).

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