Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Destruction sets back U.S. Propaganda

Monday, May 01, 2006

Destruction sets back U.S. Propaganda

In the reading "Images of Destruction Inflict Setback for U.S. Propaganda War" we read how the U.S. feels it has fallen behind in its propaganda war in Iraq. It is difficult to try and explain to a foreign country that the military which happens to be occupying your land, is there to help set you free after it has killed numerous civilian even if it was accidentally. The U.S. is experiencing this dilemma because what ever they do, the only message which is portrayed on television is how the Iraq people are suffering with the invasion of the U.S. The main message was to be "liberation not occupation", but the U.S. has yet to capitalize on this theme. The government wanted to show pictures of towns, villages, and cities being freed, instead they find themselves
responding to questions such as "The regime has not collapsed immediately, and the Iraqi army is fighting back. Why is that,do you think?"


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Dead civilians are a part of war, keeping the ratio of positive war images up is key, but just one or two powerful images of devastation can be destroy our carefully managed image of liberation. This is not just an American problem. It is a fact of war for any occupying power that is trying to quell an insurgency in the midst of a civilian population.

5/03/2006 10:28 PM  

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