Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Light Duty vs. Heavy Duty in Wartime

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Light Duty vs. Heavy Duty in Wartime

As we've learned from the beginning of Wartime, images from the media come in both light and heavy forms. In the beginning of a war, the media shows us images of pride, light, easy, inspirational, clean, and sanitary. But as the war progresses so do the images. Pictures begin to shift form a once soft picture to a very heavy, gruesome picture. Images of corpses, death and duty in the forms of paintings, posters, images, etc. Even Hollywood movies follow this trend during a wartime.

Fussel points out that the population is not capable of understanding war at first. He says that people think it will be quick, painless, and easy. So it is the medias job to show them that. But as time progresses and stories get out, people come to a realization that war is not short, war is not sanitary; war is gruesome, tough and hard. And the media goes on to show us that.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good summary of the point. Can you make a comparision with the images of the present war? Or is there no comparision?

3/13/2006 9:42 PM  

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