Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Hotel Warriors

Monday, April 10, 2006

Hotel Warriors

Hotel Warriors is based on Fialka's own experiences as a reporter and other journalists who covered the Gulf War. The book is a un-rehearsed and frightening account of what if was like reporting and living the war. Fialka sees the media as something that can't be digested fed to the military-handling system that did not have adequate resources to cover the war. "As Mr. Fialka shows us, access and communications were what too many Army units failed to provide-and as a result, the public did not get a clear, timely picture of the crucial Army effort, and effort that revealed the troops, their equipment, and their commanders in the great test of combat." Fialks discusses this in the parts before the chapters. Basically the war did not have coverage that he felt an audience should see. He felt as though they should see what the soldiers actually do, and what they go through. The war is very important and needs the right coverage in order to hold an audience's attention. The war coverage to the media is also very important and they will do anything by any means necessary to get the information they want. They will try and beat the pool system to get coverage if that's what it comes down to.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post and summary. Next time choose a specific point and discuss and analyze that issue. Why don't we have a mandatory pool system now? What does Fialka tell us about what the media and the military learn from the breakdown of the pool system?

4/11/2006 3:43 PM  

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