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The thin line between entertainment and war

03 Oct

A Reality TV Show of the War in Afghanistan

Ken T says:

@SteveM:“Keep in mind that this production is only possible because the Pentagon believes it has positive propaganda value.”

That plus the fact that the Discovery Channel believes it has positive entertainment value. Think about that for a few minutes.

It was during VietNam that the American public saw, for the first time, real war broadcast to their TV screens. Every night, on the nightly news, there it was. Real soldiers in a real war really killing and getting killed. It has been a fairly non-controversial position ever since that this more than anything else is what caused the public to turn against the war. But here we are 40 years later with real live televised war being used to sell advertising. Instead of building a Coliseum to stage our gladiator fights to the death, we simply broadcast them live from overseas.

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9 responses to “The thin line between entertainment and war

  1. Sean

    October 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Seems the rest of that song could be used, too. Especially by Mentally Hill’s campaign.

     
    • Will S.

      October 4, 2016 at 2:18 am

      The front line is everywhere; there be no shelter here… 🙂

       
  2. feeriker

    October 3, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    But here we are 40 years later with real live televised war being used to sell advertising. Instead of building a Coliseum to stage our gladiator fights to the death, we simply broadcast them live from overseas.

    The only thing that stands even a remote chance of destroying the Amoricon public’s appetite for –or is it APATHY TOWARD?– war (in which they so far have no personal stake) is for the USSA to suffer a few Dresdens, Nagasakis, Fallujahs, or Stalingrads. North Americans have not witnessed a war fought on their own soil in 151 years. Maybe it’s time the new generations got a fresh taste of it to wake them up.

     
    • Will S.

      October 4, 2016 at 2:19 am

      Yes; lost territory, humiliating defeats on one’s own soil, massive casualties, tend to clarify things.

       
  3. infowarrior1

    October 5, 2016 at 6:10 am

    You may want to read this also:
    http://public.wsu.edu/~hughesc/why_men_love_war.htm

     
    • Will S.

      October 7, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      I can sorta understand, insofar as anyone who hasn’t personally experienced something can, vicariously, understand it.

       
      • Will S.

        October 7, 2016 at 11:40 pm

        But that doesn’t make it right or desirable.

         

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