Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The wars portrayal through the media

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The wars portrayal through the media

"The answer arrived on TV. Not long past five o'clock as people returned home from work and watched the evening news , human devastation as popular entertainment became real. It was here. It was "fight night"; amidst a disorienting feeling of churning stomachs and dread, Americans sat and watched the show unfold. Long in the planning stage, the production values were high. Video-computer graphic teams had worked for weeks to punctuate a tenor of telegenic urgency. Bold letters filled the screen - "AMERICA AT WAR." WAR IN THE GULF"- providing stylized and alarming logos for the hours and days to come.This was truly the "living room war" that Vietnam had only purported to be."

The point that Ewen is making here is that this war with the Gulf has not been portrayed through the media in a realistic way. The war has been set up as if it was a boxing fight on television instead of a war. This keeps people from understanding the reality of the war. It was as if this first night of war had been set up in order to reel in viewers. It says in the paragraph "teams worked for weeks to punctuate a tenor of telegenic urgency." The media wanted the public to have a sense of urgency in order to raise their number of viewers.

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Blogger A. Mattson said...

Ewen believes that the packaging of the war by media professionals sanitized the image of war in a way that makes it palatable to the home audience. The slickness of the production values created a sense of order that seems to contain the actual chaos of war. Is this done on the orders of the government? No, it is just the way in which reality is prepared for broadcast whether it is a war or the superbowl.

4/12/2007 11:36 AM  

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